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Gender differences in the association between attachment style and adulthood relationship satisfaction (brief report)

Barry, JA; Seager, M; Brown, B; (2015) Gender differences in the association between attachment style and adulthood relationship satisfaction (brief report). New Male Studies , 4 (3) pp. 63-74. Green open access

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Abstract

In general, the quality of the caregiver-child attachment formed in early childhood will influence the quality of relationships in adulthood. Our survey of 217 adults aimed to assess to what extent relationship satisfaction in adults is accounted for by attachment style. After controlling for demographic variables, we found that an increase in attachment problems predicted a reduction in adulthood relationship satisfaction. The effect of attachment on adulthood relationships was stronger in women than men for avoidant attachment (β = -5.67, p < .00000005, and β = -4.60, p <.001 respectively), and weaker for women than men for anxious attachment (β = -2.21, p < .05, and β = -4.33, p <.01 respectively). Implications for child rearing and adult therapy are discussed.

Type: Article
Title: Gender differences in the association between attachment style and adulthood relationship satisfaction (brief report)
Location: Australia
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: http://newmalestudies.com/OJS/index.php/nms/articl...
Language: English
Additional information: © 2015 AUSTRALIAN INSTITUTE OF MALE HEALTH AND STUDIES.
Keywords: attachment, anxious, avoidant, sex difference, gender difference
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences > Clinical, Edu and Hlth Psychology
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1475707
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