Attachment Styles and Love in Long Wed Individuals

Author: Maria Khan

Supervisor: Wafa Kamran & Farah Malik, PhD

Degree: M.Sc

Year: 2014-2016

University: Institute of Applied Psychology, Punjab University, Lahore, Pakistan


The current research investigated the relationship between attachment styles and love in long-wed individuals. It was hypothesized that there would be a positive relationship between close and attachment dimension and love components; intimacy, passion and commitment in long wed individuals. Anxiety-attachment dimension would have a negative relationship with passion, commitment and intimacy in long-wed individuals. Moreover, there would be gender differences in levels of intimacy, passion and commitment. The sample for the current research comprised of 50 men and 50 women (N = 100), with duration of marriage of at least 10 years. Data were collected through convenient sampling strategy. Urdu version of Adult Attachment Scale (Collins, 1996) and Sternberg Love Scale (Sternberg, 1988) were used. Results showed that the close attachment dimension was significantly and positively related to intimacy; whereas anxious dimension was significantly and negatively correlated with intimacy, passion and commitment. The results also revealed that gender was significantly and positively related with passion. Hierarchical regression revealed that anxiety dimension significantly negatively predicted intimacy, passion and commitment. Moreover, results of independent sample t-test revealed significant gender differences in passion but not in intimacy and commitment. The results of the study were discussed in Pakistani socio-cultural context.

Keywords: Attachment Styles, Love, Long Wed Individuals.

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