Working models of attachment shape perceptions of social support: evidence from experimental and observational studies.

@article{Collins2004WorkingMO,
  title={Working models of attachment shape perceptions of social support: evidence from experimental and observational studies.},
  author={Nancy L Collins and Brooke C. Feeney},
  journal={Journal of personality and social psychology},
  year={2004},
  volume={87 3},
  pages={363-83}
}
Two studies examined the association between attachment style and perceptions of social support. Study 1 (N = 95 couples) used an experimental paradigm to manipulate social support in the context of a stressful task. Insecure participants (anxious and avoidant) who received low-support messages appraised these messages more negatively, rated a prior behavioral interaction with their partner as having been less supportive, and performed significantly worse at their task compared with secure… CONTINUE READING

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