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Fostering Attachment Security: The Role of Interdependent Situations

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Department of Experimental and Applied Psychology, VU Amsterdam, 1081BT Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Institute for Advanced Study in Toulouse, 31080 Toulouse, France
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Department of Psychology, University of Copenhagen, 1353 Copenhagen, Denmark
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Department of Psychological Sciences, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN 47907-2081, USA
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17(20), 7648; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17207648
Received: 28 August 2020 / Revised: 6 October 2020 / Accepted: 15 October 2020 / Published: 20 October 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Advances in Fostering Attachment Security)
This work adopts an Interdependence Theory framework to investigate how the features of interdependent situations that couples face in their daily life (i.e., situations in which partners influence each other’s outcomes) shape attachment security toward their current partners. An experience sampling study examined attachment tendencies and features of interdependent situations that people experience with their partner in daily life to predict satisfaction and trust in their relationship, and changes in attachment avoidance and anxiety toward their partner over time. Results revealed that encountering situations with corresponding outcomes (i.e., situations in which both partners have the same preferences) and with information certainty (i.e., situations in which there is clear knowledge of each partner’s preferences) assuage people’s insecurity. On the contrary, situations of mutual current and future interdependence (i.e., situations in which each person’s current or future outcomes are dependent on their partner’s behavior) undermined security for anxiously attached individuals. Power (i.e., the asymmetry in partners’ dependence) was not related to attachment security. This work underscores the importance of studying the role of the situations that partners experience in their daily life and the way they are related to relationship feelings and cognitions. View Full-Text
Keywords: attachment theory; situational interdependence; relationship satisfaction; trust; romantic relationships attachment theory; situational interdependence; relationship satisfaction; trust; romantic relationships
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Righetti, F.; Balliet, D.; Molho, C.; Columbus, S.; Faure, R.; Bahar, Y.; Iqmal, M.; Semenchenko, A.; Arriaga, X. Fostering Attachment Security: The Role of Interdependent Situations. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17, 7648. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17207648

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Righetti F, Balliet D, Molho C, Columbus S, Faure R, Bahar Y, Iqmal M, Semenchenko A, Arriaga X. Fostering Attachment Security: The Role of Interdependent Situations. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2020; 17(20):7648. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17207648

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Righetti, Francesca, Daniel Balliet, Catherine Molho, Simon Columbus, Ruddy Faure, Yaprak Bahar, Muhammad Iqmal, Anna Semenchenko, and Ximena Arriaga. 2020. "Fostering Attachment Security: The Role of Interdependent Situations" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 17, no. 20: 7648. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17207648

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