An examination of relationship quality from an attachment perspective: empathy and relationship perfectionism as mediating factors

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An examination of relationship quality from an attachment perspective: empathy and relationship perfectionism as mediating factors

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dc.contributor.advisor Wang, Chia-Chih en
dc.contributor.author Fritts, Barbara Elizabeth
dc.date.accessioned 2012-05-15T16:27:44Z
dc.date.available 2012-05-15T16:27:44Z
dc.date.issued 2012-05-15
dc.date.submitted 2012 Spring en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10355/14175
dc.description Title from PDF of title page, viewed on May 15, 2012 en
dc.description Dissertation advisor: Chia-Chih Wang en
dc.description Includes bibliographic references (p. 194-207) en
dc.description Thesis (Ph.D.)--School of Education. University of Missouri--Kansas City, 2012 en
dc.description.abstract This 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. en_US
dc.description.tableofcontents Introduction -- Review of literature -- Methodology -- Results -- Discussion -- Appendix - Measures en
dc.format.extent xv, 208 pages en
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher University of Missouri--Kansas City en
dc.subject.lcsh Relationship quality en
dc.subject.lcsh Attachment behavior en
dc.subject.lcsh Conflict management en
dc.subject.other Dissertation -- University of Missouri--Kansas City -- Counseling psychology en
dc.title An examination of relationship quality from an attachment perspective: empathy and relationship perfectionism as mediating factors en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
thesis.degree.discipline Counseling Psychology en
thesis.degree.grantor University of Missouri--Kansas City en
thesis.degree.name Ph.D. en
thesis.degree.level Doctoral en


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