15. Attachment Insecurities and Relationship Self-Regulation

  1. Patricia Noller2 and
  2. Gery C. Karantzas3
  1. Zoë J. Hazelwood

Published Online: 23 APR 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781444354119.ch15

The Wiley-Blackwell Handbook of Couples and Family Relationships

The Wiley-Blackwell Handbook of Couples and Family Relationships

How to Cite

Hazelwood, Z. J. (2012) Attachment Insecurities and Relationship Self-Regulation, in The Wiley-Blackwell Handbook of Couples and Family Relationships (eds P. Noller and G. C. Karantzas), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444354119.ch15

Editor Information

  1. 2

    School of Psychology, University of Queensland, Queensland, 4072, Australia

  2. 3

    School of Psychology, Deakin University, 221 Burwood Highway, Burwood, Victoria, 3125, Australia

Author Information

  1. School of Psychology and Counselling, Queensland University of Technology, Victoria Park Road, Kelvin Grove, Queensland, 4059 Australia

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 23 APR 2012
  2. Published Print: 20 JAN 2012

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781444334500

Online ISBN: 9781444354119



  • cognitive and affective processes, in couple relationships;
  • attachment insecurities and relationship self-regulation;
  • attribution theory, intimate partners' cognitive processes;
  • unidirectional relationship, attributions and satisfaction;
  • biased explanations of relationship-salient events, couples behavior in relationship;
  • self-regulation in relationships;
  • role of attributions and partner self-regulation;
  • APIM for avoidant attachment, perceptions of partner self-regulation;
  • self-regulatory couples therapy


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Attributions in Relationships

  • Attachment and Attributions

  • Self-Regulation in Relationships

  • Attachment, Attributions, and Self-Regulation

  • Testing Attributions as aMediator of the Association between Attachment and Perceptions of Partner Self-Regulation

  • Testing the Mediation Hypotheses

  • Interpreting the Findings

  • Therapeutic Practice Implications

  • Conclusions

  • References