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Adult attachment and feedback-seeking patterns in relationships and work

Hepper, E and Carnelley, KB (2010) Adult attachment and feedback-seeking patterns in relationships and work European Journal of Social Psychology, 40 (3). pp. 448-464.

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Adults with different attachment orientations rely on different areas of life to maintain self-views. This paper reports two studies that examine the link between attachment and feedback-seeking patterns in interpersonal and competence-related domains. Participants in Study 1 imagined receiving feedback from a friend. Participants in Study 2 completed dyadic tasks and were promised feedback from interpersonal- and competence-relevant sources. Across both studies, secure individuals consistently chose the most positive feedback. Individuals high in attachment avoidance sought negative feedback over positive, although dismissing-avoidant individuals sought positive hypothetical feedback about autonomy. Study 2 further suggested that highly avoidant individuals were more open to negative feedback than positive feedback and than were secure individuals. Moreover, individuals high in attachment anxiety failed to seek positive interpersonal feedback but pursued interpersonal over competence feedback. Results highlight the role of feedback-seeking in maintenance of positive or negative self-views for adults with different attachment orientations.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences > School of Psychology
Authors :
Hepper, E
Carnelley, KB
Date : 2010
DOI : 10.1002/ejsp.636
Uncontrolled Keywords : attachment, self-views, feedback-seeking, sources of self-esteem
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Additional Information : This is the pre-peer reviewed version of the following article: Hepper E, Carnelley KB (2010). Adult attachment and feedback-seeking patterns in relationships and work. European Journal of Social Psychology 40(3):448-464 The definite version is available at
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 07 Jun 2013 15:55
Last Modified : 14 Nov 2013 15:48

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