Attachment Style as a Predictor of Adult Romantic Relationships

  title={Attachment Style as a Predictor of Adult Romantic Relationships},
  author={Judith A. Feeney and Patricia Noller},
  journal={Journal of Personality and Social Psychology},
Questionnaire measures of attachment style, attachment history, beliefs about relationships, self-esteem, limerence, loving, love addiction, and love styles were administered to 374 undergraduates. Attachment style was related in theoretically expected ways to attachment history and to beliefs about relationships. Securely attached Ss reported relatively positive perceptions of their early family relationships. Avoidant Ss were most likely to report childhood separation from their mother and to… 

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