Cailey Strauss, Marian M. Morry, and Mie Kito, Department of Psychology, University of Manitoba, Canada.
Attachment styles and relationship quality: Actual, perceived, and ideal partner matching
Article first published online: 23 DEC 2010
Copyright © 2010 IARR
Volume 19, Issue 1, pages 14–36, March 2012
How to Cite
STRAUSS, C., MORRY, M. M. and KITO, M. (2012), Attachment styles and relationship quality: Actual, perceived, and ideal partner matching. Personal Relationships, 19: 14–36. doi: 10.1111/j.1475-6811.2010.01333.x
This research was funded by a University of Manitoba research grant to M.M.M. Study 1 was conducted as part of C.S.'s bachelor of arts (honors) degree.
- Issue published online: 1 MAR 2012
- Article first published online: 23 DEC 2010
Attachment dimension matching in dating relationships and how matching relates to relationship quality were investigated. Across 2 studies, individuals preferred similar but more secure partners (lower anxiety and lower avoidance) as reflected by their ideals. In Study 1, greater similarity between the self and perceptions of the partner's anxiety predicted more positive relationship outcomes (e.g., relationship satisfaction, trust). Similar results were found for ideal–perceived partner avoidance similarity, whereas ideal–perceived partner anxiety similarity was less important. Study 2 involved both partners in the relationship and indicated that relationship outcomes were predicted by the actor's and partner's attachment dimensions as well as by ideal–perceived partner similarity and self–perceived partner similarity.