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Exploring the Relationship Between Hurtful Messages and Partner Attachment
Unformatted Document Text:  Hurt and Attachment 23 HMs but not to the degree of hurt elicited during a conflict. Why is gender related to frequency but not degree? Further, what explains this gender difference? Are females more attuned to hurtful messages or just more likely to interpret messages as hurtful? This study also showed that length of relationship was related to the degree of hurt elicited but not the perceptions of frequency. It would be interesting to determine if the occurrence of HMs do not vary over the course of a relationship as the non-significant association between relationship length and frequency would suggest. Though commitment was not a significant predictor in this study, perhaps other variables influence the relationship between attachment and HMs. Summary In sum, this work makes clear that attachment and hurtful messages literature bases can be mutually informative. More specifically, the form of the attachment (secure, preoccupied, or dismissive-avoidant) ultimately impacted the amount and intensity of HMs experienced. Secures experienced the least occurrences of HMs overall in their relationships, but experienced more hurt in the specific conflict episode examined here. Preoccupieds reported the greater occurrence of HMs overall, but experienced less hurt in the conflict episode. Finally, the relationship between dismissive-avoidance and the perception of HMs is less clear with no relationship regarding frequency of HMs and a negative relationship with the degree of hurt experienced during a conflict. These preliminary insights offer potential areas for future research regarding the role of HMs in both partner and parent attachment.

Authors: Dailey, Rene. and Le Poire, Beth.
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Hurt and Attachment 23
HMs but not to the degree of hurt elicited during a conflict. Why is gender related to frequency
but not degree? Further, what explains this gender difference? Are females more attuned to
hurtful messages or just more likely to interpret messages as hurtful? This study also showed that
length of relationship was related to the degree of hurt elicited but not the perceptions of
frequency. It would be interesting to determine if the occurrence of HMs do not vary over the
course of a relationship as the non-significant association between relationship length and
frequency would suggest. Though commitment was not a significant predictor in this study,
perhaps other variables influence the relationship between attachment and HMs.
Summary
In sum, this work makes clear that attachment and hurtful messages literature bases can
be mutually informative. More specifically, the form of the attachment (secure, preoccupied, or
dismissive-avoidant) ultimately impacted the amount and intensity of HMs experienced. Secures
experienced the least occurrences of HMs overall in their relationships, but experienced more
hurt in the specific conflict episode examined here. Preoccupieds reported the greater occurrence
of HMs overall, but experienced less hurt in the conflict episode. Finally, the relationship
between dismissive-avoidance and the perception of HMs is less clear with no relationship
regarding frequency of HMs and a negative relationship with the degree of hurt experienced
during a conflict. These preliminary insights offer potential areas for future research regarding
the role of HMs in both partner and parent attachment.


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