Date of Award

2000

Document Type

Thesis

Department

Psychology

First Advisor

Dr. Randall Wight

Second Advisor

Ms. Kristen Ross

Third Advisor

Dr. Kevin Brennan

Abstract

This study investigated the concept that attachment style relates to emotional and social well-being by using measures of locus of control, stress-management, and time perspective. Independent t tests compared the high and low quartiles of scores on secure, avoidant, and anxious-ambivalent sub scales of the Adult Attachment Scale (Collins & Read, 1990) on measures of personality. Significant results from the 62 (15 men & 47 women) college students (ages 17- 24) indicate that secure attachments have high past positive and hardiness scores and low sensation-seeking scores. Both insecure attachment styles have high past negative, high present fatalistic, and low hardiness scores. Anxious-ambivalent attachments have an external locus of control. These results are consistent with previous research, infant behavior patterns, and the differences in self-worth between secure vs. insecure attachment working models.

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