This study tested a model of developmental processes by which generalized and
romantic-partner specific attachment representations emerge was tested, and tested the
joint contribution of both representations to concurrent romantic functioning. Participants
(N = 112) in a 32-year longitudinal study of risk and adaptation were grouped based on
the security of their generalized and partner-specific attachment representations (Sec/Sec,
Ins/Ins, Ins/Sec, and Sec/Ins). The four groups were compared on antecedent measures of
infant attachment, parenting quality at 24 months, 54-month ego resilience, middle
childhood peer competence, adolescent friendship quality, adjustment prior to the
romantic partnership, and concurrent observed and self-reported romantic functioning in
early adulthood. Results indicated that both early and later experience shaped
developmental pathways to configurations of adult attachment representations. The
InsAAI/SecCRI group differed from their concordant-insecure counterparts on measures of
both earlier and concurrent relationship functioning. SecAAI/InsCRI individuals functioned
similarly to SecAAI/SecCRI individuals in their romantic partnerships, but differed on
earlier individual functioning. Results provided evidence that attachment functioning in
adulthood is multiply and probabilistically determined by both earlier and later
experiences. Implications for process approaches to the study of developmental
organization of romantic behavior are discussed.
University of Minnesota Ph.D. dissertation. July 2008. Major: Child Psychology. Advisor: W. Andrew Collins, Ph.D. 1 computer file (PDF); vi, 70 pages, appendix pages 54-70.
Haydon, Katherine C..
Pathways to generalized and partner-specific attachment representations in adulthood: A developmental perspective on the organization of romantic behavior..
Retrieved from the University of Minnesota Digital Conservancy,
Content distributed via the University of Minnesota's Digital Conservancy may be subject to additional license and use restrictions applied by the depositor.