Links between attachment orientations and dispositional and diary-based measures of disclosure in dating couples: A study of actor and partner effects

Bradford, S. A., Feeney, J. A. and Campbell, L. (2002) Links between attachment orientations and dispositional and diary-based measures of disclosure in dating couples: A study of actor and partner effects. Personal Relationships, 9 4: 491-506. doi:10.1111/1475-6811.00031


Author Bradford, S. A.
Feeney, J. A.
Campbell, L.
Title Links between attachment orientations and dispositional and diary-based measures of disclosure in dating couples: A study of actor and partner effects
Journal name Personal Relationships   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1350-4126
Publication date 2002-12
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/1475-6811.00031
Volume 9
Issue 4
Start page 491
End page 506
Total pages 16
Place of publication Oxford
Publisher Blackwell
Collection year 2002
Language eng
Subject C1
380106 Developmental Psychology and Ageing
1701 Psychology
Abstract Issues concerning the influence of attachment characteristics on own and partner's disclosure were addressed using a sample of 113 couples in medium-term dating relationships. Individual differences in attachment were assessed in terms of relationship anxiety and avoidance. Disposition to disclose was assessed using questionnaire measures of self-disclosure, relationship-focused disclosure, and the ability to elicit disclosure from the partner; in addition, structured diaries were used to assess aspects of disclosure (amount, intimacy, emotional tone, and satisfaction) in the context of couples' everyday interactions. Couple-level analyses showed that avoidance strongly predicted dispositional measures of disclosure, whereas anxiety (particularly partner's anxiety) was related to negative evaluations of everyday interactions. Interactive effects of attachment dimensions and gender were also obtained, highlighting the complexity of communication behavior. The results are discussed in terms of the goals and strategies associated with working models of attachment.
Keyword Psychology, Social
Adult Attachment
Self-disclosure
Working Models
Style
Satisfaction
Intimacy
Openness
Q-Index Code C1

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