Although adult attachment has been the focus of a great deal of relationship research, few studies have attempted to examine how adult attachment style may be related to relationship initiation. This study investigates how adult attachment is associated with dating processes and patterns in a sample (N = 587) of college students at a private religious university. Results indicate that attachment anxiety and attachment avoidance are related to a pattern of being mostly dateless in a twenty-five week period. Furthermore, attachment avoidance but not anxiety is related to having fewer relationships in the period. Along with attachment avoidance and anxiety, being less attractive was also predictive of being mostly dateless in the measured period, as was being female. Physical attractiveness is the strongest predictor of having dates, as well as having relationships, but is not predictive of relationship length.
College and Department
Family, Home, and Social Sciences; Family Life; Marriage, Family, and Human Development
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Poulsen, Franklin Owen, "Adult Attachment: A Framework for Predicting Dating Patterns" (2011). All Theses and Dissertations. 2786.
adult attachment, relationship initiation, dating patterns