attachment; multivariate generalizability; affect; perceived social support; self




Measures of adult attachment reflect both respondents’ broadly generalized styles as well as bonds with specific attachment figures. Using Cronbach, Gleser, Nanda, and Rajaratnam’s (1972) Multivariate Generalizability analyses, the authors estimated the extent to which correlations among attachment, affect, the self, and perceived social support occurred for both styles and bonds. In two studies, participants rated attachment, affect, the self, and perceived support when thinking about their mothers, fathers, and romantic partners. In both studies, attachment dimensions reflected specific bonds much more so than generalized styles. When correlations reflected specific bonds, both anxious and avoidant dimensions were strongly linked to high negative affect, low positive affect, and low perceived support. In contrast, evidence for links between attachment and affect was inconclusive when correlations reflected generalized styles. Links between attachment and the self depended on the type of selfconstruct and whether styles or bonds were analyzed.


Original Citation: Barry, Robin A., Brian Lakey, and Edward Orehek. "Links Among Attachment Dimensions, Affect, the Self, and Perceived Support for Broadly Generalized Attachment Styles and Specific Bonds." Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin 33, no. 3 (2007): 340-353.

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