Attachment, marital interaction, and relationship satisfaction: A diary study

Feeney, JA (2002) Attachment, marital interaction, and relationship satisfaction: A diary study. Personal Relationships, 9 1: 39-55. doi:10.1111/1475-6811.00003

Author Feeney, JA
Title Attachment, marital interaction, and relationship satisfaction: A diary study
Journal name Personal Relationships   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1350-4126
Publication date 2002
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/1475-6811.00003
Volume 9
Issue 1
Start page 39
End page 55
Total pages 17
Place of publication UK
Publisher Blackwell
Collection year 2002
Language eng
Subject C1
380106 Developmental Psychology and Ageing
Abstract The relations among measures of attachment, spouse behavior, and marital satisfaction were assessed in a broad sample of 193 married couples, using both questionnaire and diary methods. Insecure attachment was associated with less favorable reports of spouse behavior, as assessed by diary checklists. Marital satisfaction was predicted by attachment treasures and reports of spouse behavior. The relation between attachment security and marital satisfaction was moderated, but not mediated, by reported spouse behavior. Specifically, insecure individuals' evaluations of their relationships were more reactive to recent spouse behavior, an effect that was especially marked for fearful participants and for those in longer-term marriages. Some gender differences in patterns of prediction were obtained. The results are discussed in terms of the working models associated with attachment styles, and the processes by which relationship satisfaction may be eroded over time.
Keyword Psychology, Social
Working Models
Q-Index Code C1

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Psychology Publications
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