Date of Award

Summer 2008

Document Type

Dissertation - Restricted

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)




The most significant relationships that are experienced in a lifetime are the bonds that are formed with attachment figures. Through these relationships people learn what to expect from others as welI as their self-perceived worthiness to be cared for and loved. This dissertation explores the nature and function of romantic attachment relationships in early adulthood. It further investigates the impact that interactions between romantic partners: with their distinct attachment histories and life experiences, might have on dyadic attachment formation, attachment change, relationship satisfaction, commitment social support and longevity in the current relationship...



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