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Title:Attachment Features and Functions in Romantic Relationships
Author(s):Heffernan, Marie E.
Advisor(s):Fraley, R.C.
Department / Program:Psychology
Discipline:Psychology
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Degree:M.A.
Genre:Thesis
Subject(s):Attachment
Romantic Relationships
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Abstract:Although there has been much research on individual differences in adult attachment, less is known about the development of attachment bonds in adult romantic relationships. To address this issue, the present research utilized a cross-sectional Internet survey (Study 1) and a longitudinal study (Study 2). Results supported the idea that attachment features and functions emerge in a specific sequence that begins with proximity seeking, followed by safe haven, and finally secure base (Study 1). The data also indicated that people exhibited relatively little change in attachment features and functions over time (Study 1 and 2) and that adult attachment bonds can develop more quickly than was previously assumed (Study 1).
Issue Date:2011-08-26
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/2142/26300
Rights Information:Copyright 2011 Marie E. Heffernan
Date Available in IDEALS:2013-08-27
Date Deposited:2011-08


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