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Adult Attachment Styles and Self-Regulatory Resources: A Dynamic Interplay

Renz, Jonathan (2013) Adult Attachment Styles and Self-Regulatory Resources: A Dynamic Interplay. Masters thesis, Radford University.

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This purpose of this study was to test whether self-regulatory resources are involved in the deactivating strategies utilized by individuals with dismissing avoidant attachment styles. After assessing participant's attachment styles using the ECR-R (Fraley, Waller, & Brennan, 2000) and the RQ (Bartholomew & Horowitz, 1991), participants were randomly assigned to one of three writing conditions: the first activated the attachment system, the second depleted selfregulatory resources, and the third acted as a control and did not activate the attachment system or deplete self-regulatory resources. Self-regulatory depletion was assessed by measuring persistence on an unsolvable anagram task. Independent from their attachment classification, there were no observed differences between participants who completed the attachment essay, the depletion essay, or the control essay concerning time spent on the anagram task. When averaged across the essay conditions, there were no significant differences between participants of differing attachment styles in regard to time spent on the unsolvable anagram task. A significant interaction between essay condition and attachment style was observed, with simple effects revealing that dismissing individuals who completed the attachment essay gave up sooner on the anagram task compared to other participants. There were marginally significant differences between participants that completed the depletion essay, with fearful participants "hyper-persisting" on the anagram task compared to the other participants. Out hypothesis was supported as the use of the deactivating strategies appears to deplete self-regulatory resources.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Depositing User: Jonathan Renz
Date Deposited: 04 Jun 2013 16:00
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2013 16:00

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