Attachment styles as predictors of Facebook-related jealousy and surveillance in romantic relationships

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  • TARA C. MARSHALL,

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    1. Brunel University, UK
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    • Tara C. Marshall, Kathrine Bejanyan, Gaia Di Castro, and Ruth A. Lee, Department of Psychology, Brunel University, Uxbridge, UK.

  • KATHRINE BEJANYAN,

    1. Brunel University, UK
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    • Tara C. Marshall, Kathrine Bejanyan, Gaia Di Castro, and Ruth A. Lee, Department of Psychology, Brunel University, Uxbridge, UK.

  • GAIA DI CASTRO,

    1. Brunel University, UK
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    • Tara C. Marshall, Kathrine Bejanyan, Gaia Di Castro, and Ruth A. Lee, Department of Psychology, Brunel University, Uxbridge, UK.

  • RUTH A. LEE

    1. Brunel University, UK
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  • Study 2 was supported by an award from the Brunel Research Initiative and Enterprise Fund to T.C.M.

Tara C. Marshall, Department of Psychology, School of Social Sciences, Brunel University, Uxbridge UB8 3PH, UK, e-mail: Tara.Marshall@brunel.ac.uk.

Abstract

Facebook has become ubiquitous over the past 5 years, yet few studies have examined its role within romantic relationships. Two studies tested attachment anxiety and avoidance as predictors of Facebook-related jealousy and surveillance (i.e., checking a romantic partner's Facebook page). Study 1 found that anxiety was positively associated, and avoidance negatively associated, with Facebook jealousy and surveillance. The association of anxiety with Facebook jealousy was mediated in part by lower trust. Study 2 replicated this finding, and daily diary results further showed that over a 1-week period, anxiety was positively associated, and avoidance negatively associated, with Facebook surveillance. The association of anxiety with greater surveillance was mediated in part by daily experiences of jealousy.

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