Working models of attachment, support giving, and support seeking in a stressful situation

Jeffry A. Simpson, W. Steven Rholes, M. Minda Oriña, Jami Grich

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Abstract

This study examined how working models of attachment to parents (assessed by the Adult Attachment Interview - AAI) and romantic partners (assessed by the Adult Attachment Questionnaire - AAQ) predicted spontaneous caregiving and care seeking in a stressful situation. Dating couples were videotaped while one partner (the man) waited to do a stressful task. Observers then rated each woman's support giving and each man's support seeking. The AAI and the AAQ independentlypredicted behavioral outcomes. Women with more secure representations of their parents and whose dating partners sought more support provided more support, whereas women with more secure representations of their parents whose partners sought less support provided less. Women who reported being more avoidantly attached to romantic partners provided less support than did less avoidant women, regardless of how much support their partners sought. Attachment orientations did not predict men's support seeking.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)598-608
Number of pages11
JournalPersonality and social psychology bulletin
Volume28
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2002
Externally publishedYes

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