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Exploring the Relationship Between Hurtful Messages and Partner Attachment
Unformatted Document Text:  Hurt and Attachment 2 Abstract The present study explored the relationship between partner attachment styles and hurtful messages. Attachment styles in addition to frequency of hurtful messages and degree of hurt were examined in 37 romantically involved couples. Based on the tenets of attachment theory, it was argued that hurtful messages are a form of insensitivity or unresponsivity (i.e., the broad category of interactions that influence the attachment relationships formed). Consequently, frequency of hurtful messages as well as degree of hurt experienced were hypothesized to be related to attachment styles. As predicted, results showed that secure tendencies were negatively related to the frequency of hurtful messages reported in the general relationship, whereas preoccupied and dismissive-avoidant tendencies were positively related with the frequency of hurtful messages. Regarding the degree of hurt reported during a specific conflict episode, secure tendencies were positively related to degree of hurt, whereas dismissive-avoidant and preoccupied tendencies were negatively, but weakly, related to degree of hurt experienced. Results are discussed in terms of implications for attachment theory.

Authors: Dailey, Rene. and Le Poire, Beth.
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Hurt and Attachment 2
Abstract
The present study explored the relationship between partner attachment styles and hurtful
messages. Attachment styles in addition to frequency of hurtful messages and degree of hurt
were examined in 37 romantically involved couples. Based on the tenets of attachment theory, it
was argued that hurtful messages are a form of insensitivity or unresponsivity (i.e., the broad
category of interactions that influence the attachment relationships formed). Consequently,
frequency of hurtful messages as well as degree of hurt experienced were hypothesized to be
related to attachment styles. As predicted, results showed that secure tendencies were negatively
related to the frequency of hurtful messages reported in the general relationship, whereas
preoccupied and dismissive-avoidant tendencies were positively related with the frequency of
hurtful messages. Regarding the degree of hurt reported during a specific conflict episode, secure
tendencies were positively related to degree of hurt, whereas dismissive-avoidant and
preoccupied tendencies were negatively, but weakly, related to degree of hurt experienced.
Results are discussed in terms of implications for attachment theory.


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