The association between attachment orientations and partner evaluations: An ideal standards perspective

Gery C. Karantzas, Jeffry A. Simpson, Nickola C. Overall, Lorne Campbell

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Abstract

This research examined links between attachment orientations and evaluations of potential and existing relationship partners with respect to ideal standards. In Study 1, attachment anxiety and avoidance predicted the tradeoffs individuals made when choosing between potential mates. In Studies 2 and 3, attachment anxiety and avoidance were associated with ideal partner discrepancies within existing relationships. The findings across the three studies suggest that highly anxious individuals are more likely to use the ideal partner warmth/trustworthiness and status/resources dimensions when evaluating hypothetical and actual romantic partners, whereas highly avoidant individuals are more inclined to use the ideal partner vitality/attractiveness and status/resources dimensions when making partner evaluations. These novel findings are discussed in terms of evolutionary models of mating strategies and evaluations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)628-653
Number of pages26
JournalPersonal Relationships
Volume26
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2019

Keywords

  • attachment
  • partner evaluation
  • partner ideals
  • romantic relationships

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