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Integrating attachment and self-theory: A model for understanding relationship satisfaction and student well-being


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Abstract (summary)

The current study attempts to explore the interaction between adult romantic attachment and cognitive-experiential decision making in predicting relationship satisfaction in couples and well-being in college students. The author introduces a model that suggests cognitive-experiential self-theory can be a useful framework for understanding how individuals with different attachment profiles make important relational decisions that may affect their current and future relationship satisfaction. In study one, 52 heterosexual married couples completed questionnaires assessing their attachment style, self-theory, and relationship satisfaction in order to test the hypothesis that attachment style and relational decision making interact to predict relationship satisfaction. In study two, 75 college students completed similar questionnaires assessing well-being instead of relationship satisfaction. Results suggest that the interaction between adult romantic attachment and cognitive-experiential decision-making processes are not predictive of an individual's own marital satisfaction but rather their partner's. Additionally, results suggest that the interaction is predictive of student's personal and relational well-being. Implications and directions for future study from these exploratory studies are provided.

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Subject
Social psychology;
Educational psychology
Classification
0451: Social psychology
0525: Educational psychology
Identifier / keyword
Education; Psychology; Attachment; Marital satisfaction; Marriage; Mate selection; Self-theory
Title
Integrating attachment and self-theory: A model for understanding relationship satisfaction and student well-being
Author
Blair, Jonathan M.
Number of pages
68
Publication year
2010
Degree date
2010
School code
0048
Source
DAI-B 72/01, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9781124346076
Advisor
Cordova, James V.
University/institution
Clark University
University location
United States -- Massachusetts
Degree
Ph.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
3435840
ProQuest document ID
816857145
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/816857145
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