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Attachment styles and mate-retention: Exploring the mediating role of relationship satisfaction

Nascimento, Bruna S and Little, Anthony C and Monteiro, Renan P and Hanel, Paul HP and Vione, Katia C (2021) 'Attachment styles and mate-retention: Exploring the mediating role of relationship satisfaction.' Evolutionary Behavioral Sciences. ISSN 2330-2925 (In Press)

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Abstract

This study investigated whether relationship satisfaction mediates the association between attachment styles and mate-retention strategies. Four-hundred and twenty individuals in a heterosexual committed relationship participated in this study (79.7% women; Mage = 23.22; SDage = 8.07). Participants completed questionnaires assessing attachment styles, relationship satisfaction, and mate-retention strategies. The results replicated previous findings by showing that insecure attachment is positively associated with benefit-provisioning and cost-inflicting mate-retention strategies and extended previous research by showing that relationship satisfaction mediates these associations. The present findings confirm evolutionary predictions on romantic relationships that relationship satisfaction may serve as a monitor determining how individuals act to preserve their relationships.

Item Type: Article
Divisions: Faculty of Science and Health > Psychology, Department of
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 28 Jun 2021 14:12
Last Modified: 28 Jun 2021 14:12
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/30664

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