Attachment and the representation of intimate relationships in adulthood.

T. L. Morrison, A. J. Urquiza, B. L. Goodlin-Jones

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Community college students in the United States (151 men, 217 women) described their current or most recent intimate relationship on questionnaires derived from the Structural Analysis of Social Behavior (Benjamin & Friedrich, 1991). Attachment organization was assessed by categories (secure, avoidant, or ambivalent) and by dimensions (Attachment Security x Level of Activation). Respondents with avoidant or ambivalent attachment described more hostility in their relationships than secure participants did. Avoidant participants described themselves as less submissive. Respondents with low attachment security and high attachment activation were especially likely to describe more hostile patterns of interaction. Those with greater attachment security also described more interdependence in the relationship. No interaction effects of attachment with amount of experience in close relationships were found.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)57-71
Number of pages15
JournalThe Journal of psychology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1997

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)


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