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Predictors of young adults' representations of and behavior in their current romantic relationship: prospective tests of the prototype hypothesis.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  16096189     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Although attachment theory suggests that childhood experiences with caregivers serve as a prototype for adult love relationships, few explicit tests of this hypothesis exist in the literature. Drawing on data from a longitudinal cohort followed from birth to young adulthood, this paper examined correlates and antecedents of young adults' representations of and behavior in their current romantic relationship. Young adults who experienced a secure relationship with their primary caregiver in infancy as assessed in the Strange Situation were more likely to (a) produce coherent discourse regarding their current romantic partnership in the context of the Current Relationship Interview (CRI) and (b) have a higher quality romantic relationship as observed in standard conflict and collaboration tasks. Infant security accounted for variation in CRI security above and beyond the observed quality of participants' current romantic relationship. In contrast, the association between infant and romantic security was partially mediated by individuals' self-reports about their romantic experiences, suggesting that one plausible mechanism by which early experiences with caregivers shape young adults' representations of their attachments with romantic partners is through adults' expectations for and perceptions of love relationships.
Glenn I Roisman; W Andrew Collins; L Alan Sroufe; Byron Egeland
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Attachment & human development     Volume:  7     ISSN:  1461-6734     ISO Abbreviation:  Attach Hum Dev     Publication Date:  2005 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2005-08-12     Completed Date:  2005-11-21     Revised Date:  2007-11-14    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  100901315     Medline TA:  Attach Hum Dev     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  105-21     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Psychology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Champaign 61820, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Courtship / psychology*
Interpersonal Relations*
Interview, Psychological
Object Attachment*
Parent-Child Relations*
Prospective Studies
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