Title

Differentiating Between Attachment Styles and Behaviors and their Association with Marital Quality

Keywords

Attachment styles, Attachment behavior, Marital quality

Abstract

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.

Document Type

Peer-Reviewed Article

Publication Date

2015-10-24

Publisher

Family Process

Language

English

College

Family, Home, and Social Sciences

Department

Family Life

University Standing at Time of Publication

Full Professor

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