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Re-Examining the Role of Adult Attachment as a Predictor of Relationship Satisfaction in Heterosexual Romantic Relationships When Other Relationship Variables are Taken Into Consideration.

Gkouskos, Stylianos. (2003) Re-Examining the Role of Adult Attachment as a Predictor of Relationship Satisfaction in Heterosexual Romantic Relationships When Other Relationship Variables are Taken Into Consideration. Doctoral thesis, University of Surrey (United Kingdom)..

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Abstract

This research examined the association between adult attachment and relationship satisfaction in heterosexual romantic relationships when other relationship variables are also taken into consideration. 238 participants completed a questionnaire that included an adult attachment measure, a relationship satisfaction measure and a new measure that derived from previous research. Exploratory factor analysis of the new measure yielded 3 factors. These were termed: 'sharing and mutual adaptation 'pressure from work commitments ' and 'influenced by others ' relationships '. Results indicated that the link between attachment and relationship satisfaction was much weaker when the 3 factors were examined in combination with attachment as predictors of relationship satisfaction. 'Sharing and mutual adaptation a scale that measured degree of similarity, sharing and adaptation between romantic partners, emerged as the most important predictor of relationship satisfaction. 'Influenced by others ' relationships ', a scale that overall measured the degree to which participants used other people's romantic relationships as a measure of comparison and as a source of influence for their relationship, was also a significant predictor of relationship satisfaction. Overall, the results suggest that other relationship variables such as those measured by the 'sharing and mutual adaptation ' and the 'influenced by others 'relationships' scales may play a much more defining role than attachment in relationship satisfaction. Implications of these results for theory, practice and future research are discussed.

Item Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Divisions : Theses
Authors : Gkouskos, Stylianos.
Date : 2003
Additional Information : Thesis (Psy.D.)--University of Surrey (United Kingdom), 2003.
Depositing User : EPrints Services
Date Deposited : 30 Apr 2019 08:08
Last Modified : 20 Aug 2019 15:33
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/851648

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