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Do attributions mediate the association between attachment and negative couple communication?

Pearce, Zoe J. & Halford, W. Kim (2008) Do attributions mediate the association between attachment and negative couple communication? Personal Relationships, 15(2), pp. 155-170.

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Abstract

This study explored whether attributions for negative partner behavior mediate the association between insecure attachment and negative couple communication, using both self-report and observational data. A sample of 59 married and cohabiting Australian couples completed self-report measures of attachment, attributions, and communication; were videotaped participating in two ten-minute problem-solving discussions; and were assessed on their attributions during the discussions using video-mediated recall. Multi-level modeling found female attachment insecurity was the most consistent predictor of self-reported and observed couple communication, and negative attributions mediated the association between attachment and self-reported couple communication. These findings suggested attachment insecurity increased the likelihood that negative attributions were generated which, in some cases, then influenced the style of communication each partner reported.

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ID Code: 12906
Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: Zoe Pearce see also Zoe Hazelwood.
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Keywords: Attachment, Attributions, Communication, Relationships, Zoe Hazelwood
DOI: 10.1111/j.1475-6811.2008.00191.x
ISSN: 1350-4126
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100) > Social and Community Psychology (170113)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Psychology & Counselling
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2008 Blackwell Publishing
Deposited On: 06 Mar 2008
Last Modified: 23 Jul 2012 08:49

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