Attachment and later relationships

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  • ATTACHMENT AND LATER RELATIONSHIPS
    • Relationships in later childhood
      • Securely attached infants - best quality childhood friendships
      • Insecurely attached - friendship difficulties
      • Bullying behaviour can be predicted by attachment type
      • Rowan Myron-Wilson and Peter Smith 1998
        • Assessed attachment type and bullying behaviour
          • Quesionnaire
            • 196 children, 7-11 from London
        • Securely attached - unlikely to be involved
        • Insecure avoidant - most likely to be victims
        • Insecure resistant - most likely to be the bullies
    • Relationships in adulthood and romantic partners
      • Gerard McCarthy 1999
        • 40 adult woman - already assessed as infants (attachment type)
          • Securely - best adult friendship and romantic realtionship
          • Insecure resistant - problems maintaining friends
          • Insecure avoidant - struggled with intimacy in romantic relationships
      • Hazan and Shaver 1987
        • AIM
          • Association between attachment and adult relationships
        • METHOD
          • Analysed 620 replies to a 'love quiz'
            • American local newspaper
          • Quiz had 3 sections
            • Respondents currents or most important relationship
            • General love experiences e.eg number of partners
            • Assessed attachment type - respondents to choose which of these statements best describes their feelings
        • FINDINGS
          • 56% securely
            • Good and longer romantic experience
          • 25% insecure avoidant
            • Jealousy and fear if intimacy
          • 19% insecure resistant
    • Relationship in adulthood as a partent
      • Attachment tends to be passed through generations of the family
    • A03
      • Most studies have issues with validity
        • Questionnaires
          • Depend on respondent being honest
        • Lacks validity because it relies on accurate recollections

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