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Title: Adult attachment style across individuals and role-relationships: Avoidance is relationship-specific, but anxiety shows greater generalizability
Authors: Moreira, João M., 1964-
Keywords: Estilo de vinculação
Generalizabilidade
Relações pessoais
Issue Date: Oct-2011
Citation: Moreira, J. M. (2011). Adult attachment style across individuals and role-relationships: Avoidance is relationship-specific, but anxiety shows greater generalizability. Journal of Relationships Research, 2, 63–72. doi: 10.1375/jrr.2.1.63
Abstract: A generalisability study examined the hypotheses that avoidant attachment, reflecting the representation of others, should be more relationship-specific (vary across relationships more than across individuals), while attachment anxiety, reflecting self-representation, should be more generalisable across a person’s relationships. College students responded to 6-item questionnaire measures of these variables for 5 relationships (mother, father, best same-gender friend, romantic partner or best opposite-gender friend, other close person), on 3 (N = 120) or 2 (N = 77) occasions separated by a few weeks. Results supported the hypotheses, with the person variance component being larger than the relationship-specific component for anxiety, and the opposite happening for avoidance. Anxiety therefore seems not to be as relationship-specific as previous research suggested. Possible reasons for discrepancies between the current and previous studies are discussed.
Peer Reviewed: yes
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10451/4315
ISSN: 1838-0956
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1375/jrr.2.1.63
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