The research in this article is based on a B.A. (Honours) thesis completed by the first author under the supervision of the second author. We are grateful to Keith Davis, Julie Fitness, and two anonymous reviewers for their perceptive comments on a previous draft.
Attachment styles and other predictors of relationship satisfaction in dating couples
Article first published online: 20 MAY 2005
Volume 3, Issue 4, pages 387–399, December 1996
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JONES, J. T. and CUNNINGHAM, J. D. (1996), Attachment styles and other predictors of relationship satisfaction in dating couples. Personal Relationships, 3: 387–399. doi: 10.1111/j.1475-6811.1996.tb00123.x
- Issue published online: 20 MAY 2005
- Article first published online: 20 MAY 2005
A sample of 186 dating couples completed questionnaires in order to examine the relevance of attachment styles, romantic beliefs, self-esteem, and gender roles to relationship satisfaction. The aim was to assess whether male and female anxiety over abandonment and comfort with closeness, and interactions among them, predicted satisfaction beyond the contribution of the other variables. Using multiple-regression analysis, it was found that attachment styles successfully predicted satisfaction, after controlling for romantic beliers, self-esteem, and gender roles. Both partners were particularly dissatisfied when either partner suffered high anxiety over abandonment or low comfort with closeness. Implications for gender roles, relationship satisfaction, and attachment styles are discussed.