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dc.contributor.advisorWang, Chia-Chiheng
dc.contributor.authorFritts, Barbara Elizabetheng
dc.date.issued2012-05-15eng
dc.date.submitted2012 Springeng
dc.descriptionTitle from PDF of title page, viewed on May 15, 2012eng
dc.descriptionDissertation advisor: Chia-Chih Wangeng
dc.descriptionIncludes bibliographic references (p. 194-207)eng
dc.descriptionThesis (Ph.D.)--School of Education. University of Missouri--Kansas City, 2012eng
dc.description.abstractThis study examined the relationships between attachment style, empathy, relationship perfectionism, and relationship quality among a sample of adults currently in a romantic relationship. Based on previous research and conceptual reasoning, it was hypothesized that both attachment anxiety and attachment avoidance would be negatively related to constructive conflict resolution and relationship satisfaction, that empathy would be positively related to constructive conflict resolution and relationship satisfaction, and that relationship perfectionism would be negatively related to constructive conflict resolution and relationship satisfaction. In addition, this study examined the hypothesized mediation effects that both empathy and relationship perfectionism would serve as partial mediators in the relationships between attachment and relationship quality variables of constructive conflict resolution and satisfaction. Because attachment styles are activated during times of distress and conflict (Pietromonaco, Greenwood, & Barrett, 2004), the present study used three different priming conditions (i.e., discomfort related to attachment partner, neutral discomfort, and no discomfort) to activate attachment systems of randomly assigned participants. It was hypothesized that when attachment style was primed, the mediating effects would be greater in magnitude. Using online and paper-and-pencil classroom methods, 556 participants who were currently in a romantic relationship for at least one month were recruited from 23 U.S. states. Results revealed that higher levels of avoidant and anxious attachment led to poor conflict resolution strategies and poorer relationship satisfaction, and that relationship perfectionism served as a mediator for both of these relationships. Clinical implications, study limitations, and future research are discussed.eng
dc.description.tableofcontentsIntroduction -- Review of literature -- Methodology -- Results -- Discussion -- Appendix - Measureseng
dc.format.extentxv, 208 pageseng
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10355/14175eng
dc.publisherUniversity of Missouri--Kansas Cityeng
dc.subject.lcshRelationship qualityeng
dc.subject.lcshAttachment behavioreng
dc.subject.lcshConflict managementeng
dc.subject.otherDissertation -- University of Missouri--Kansas City -- Counseling psychologyeng
dc.titleAn examination of relationship quality from an attachment perspective: empathy and relationship perfectionism as mediating factorseng
dc.typeThesiseng
thesis.degree.disciplineCounseling Psychology (UMKC)eng
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Missouri--Kansas Cityeng
thesis.degree.levelDoctoraleng
thesis.degree.namePh.D.eng


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