Ashley S. Holland, Department of Psychology, Edgewood College;
Attachment styles in dating couples: Predicting relationship functioning over time
Article first published online: 11 APR 2011
Copyright © 2011 IARR
Volume 19, Issue 2, pages 234–246, June 2012
How to Cite
HOLLAND, A. S., FRALEY, R. C. and ROISMAN, G. I. (2012), Attachment styles in dating couples: Predicting relationship functioning over time. Personal Relationships, 19: 234–246. doi: 10.1111/j.1475-6811.2011.01350.x
This study is based on the dissertation of A.S.H. completed in the Department of Psychology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. This study was sponsored by a grant by the National Science Foundation (0443783) to R.C.F. and a Research Board award to G.I.R. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
- Issue published online: 23 MAY 2012
- Article first published online: 11 APR 2011
This study examined the associations between self-reported attachment style dimensions and romantic relationship functioning over 1 year in a sample of heterosexual dating couples between the ages of 18 and 25 (115 dyads at T1, 57 dyads at T2; 74% Caucasian). Relationship functioning was assessed at multiple levels of analysis via self-reports of interpersonal functioning, observers' ratings of dyadic interactions, and measures of autonomic responding during the interactions. No significant cross-sectional associations were found between attachment style dimensions and interpersonal functioning. However, individuals who reported greater attachment-related anxiety at T1 described their relationships as being of lower quality, were rated by observers as interacting less positively, and exhibited greater electrodermal reactivity during interactions 1 year later.