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Adult Attachment

& Evans (2002) did not find a high concordance rate among several measures of adult attachment. They attribute this to the wording in which the questions are asked and the focus of the attachment. “Asking participant to report feelings about ‘close relationships’ or ‘relationships in general’ may force them to alter or average their expectations or responses in more socially acceptable ways.” (Stein, et. al., 2002) They give another cause for the variance: not everyone fits perfectly into one prototype or another. With the exception of the interviews, most measures of adult attachment are forced answer whether it be in the form of a multiple choice question or choosing the attachment style that best suits.  

Effects of Attachment Style

Just as infant attachment style seems to affect adult relationships, adult attachment style has implications in other facets of a person’s life. It has been shown to effect marital satisfaction, loneliness, sexual behavior, and health, among other things.

Marital Satisfaction

One of the most researched and documented effects of attachment style is marital satisfaction. (Fricker & Moore, 2002; Meyers & Landsberger, 2002; Kirkpatrick & Hazan, 1994; Pistole & Clark, 1995) Securely attached individuals seem to be the most satisfied in their marriages. This is most likely due to a securely attached individual’s inclination to support and care for their significant others and their perception that their partner will due the same. Avoidant and Anxious/Ambivalent fall in satisfaction the farther from secure their attachments are.

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