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Self-improvement as a response to interpersonal regulation in close relationships: the role of attachment styles.
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PMID:  23057190     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Process    
This study was designed to examine how the two dimensions of adult attachment styles, attachment anxiety and avoidance, would affect young adults' intentions of self-improvement in response to various regulatory strategies used by a close other (i.e., a romantic partner or best friend). One hundred and eighteen undergraduate students were involved in this study. Major findings include (a) the more avoidant an individual was, the less likely he/she would improve on those attributes that were desired to change by their close other; (b) a close other's use of the strategy "voice" was positively associated with individuals' intentions to self-improve, while the use of the strategy "exit" was negatively associated with individuals' intentions to self-improve; (c) a close other's use of "loyalty" was associated with a lower level of intentions to self-improve, except for participants scored high on attachment avoidance. Theoretical and practical implications of these findings were discussed.
Hong Zhang
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Journal of social psychology     Volume:  152     ISSN:  0022-4545     ISO Abbreviation:  J Soc Psychol     Publication Date:    2012 Nov-Dec
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-10-12     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0376372     Medline TA:  J Soc Psychol     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  697-712     Citation Subset:  IM    
Nanjing University, Department of Psychology, Nanjing, Jiangsu 210053, China.
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