Weakening Relationships We Try to Preserve: Motivated Sacrifice, Attachment, and Relationship Quality
Article first published online: 10 FEB 2012
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Journal of Applied Social Psychology
Volume 42, Issue 2, pages 373–386, February 2012
How to Cite
MATTINGLY, B. A. and CLARK, E. M. (2012), Weakening Relationships We Try to Preserve: Motivated Sacrifice, Attachment, and Relationship Quality. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 42: 373–386. doi: 10.1111/j.1559-1816.2011.00893.x
- Issue published online: 10 FEB 2012
- Article first published online: 10 FEB 2012
Individuals' motivations for sacrificing are associated with relational outcomes, such that approach-motivated sacrifices lead to increased satisfaction, whereas avoidance-motivated sacrifices lead to decreased satisfaction (Impett et al., 2005). Because attachment styles are associated with relational outcomes (Feeney & Collins, 2003), the current study examined whether approach- and avoidance-motivated sacrifices would mediate the association between attachment and satisfaction. Results indicated that avoidance motives did not mediate the relationship between attachment avoidance and satisfaction. However, avoidance motives mediated the relationship between attachment anxiety and satisfaction, whereas approach motives suppressed that relationship. Taken together, these findings suggest that individuals high in attachment anxiety (but not attachment avoidance) seem to unintentionally weaken the relationship for which they are making sacrifices.