Differentiating Between Attachment Styles and Behaviors and their Association with Marital Quality
Attachment styles, Attachment behavior, Marital quality
The purpose of this study was to distinguish between the influence of attachment styles and behaviors on marital quality for couples. Data were gathered from 680 couples in a married relationship. Results showed attachment style and behaviors predicted marital quality for both men and women, with higher levels of attachment related to greater quality. Attachment behaviors predicted more of the variance in quality than did styles. Specific implications regarding how therapists may wish to foster behaviors that promote attachment security in marriages are discussed.
Original Publication Citation
Sandberg, J.G., Bradford, A.B., & Brown, A.P. (2017). Differentiating between Attachment Styles and Behaviors and Their Association with Marital Quality. Family Process, 56(2), 518-531.
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Sandberg, Jonathan G.; Bradford, Angela B.; and Brown, Andrew P., "Differentiating Between Attachment Styles and Behaviors and their Association with Marital Quality" (2015). Faculty Publications. 2387.
Family, Home, and Social Sciences
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