Working models and relationship quality in dating
Adults feel comforted when their attachments are present and anxious or lonely when they are absent.
Romantic relationships, for example, serve as a secure base that help people face the surprises, opportunities, and challenges life presents.
The present study aimed to investigate the association between communication skills and relationship satisfaction, after having controlled for some other important associates of relationship satisfaction, such as attachment styles and various problem-solving skills including sense of control, confidence, and attitudes of approach-avoidance.
We found gender similarities and differences: the association between attachment security and SWB was not gender-specific; the associations between love styles, relationship experiences and SWB were gender-specific.This article examined (a) the relations between attachment security, love styles, romantic relationship experiences and subjective well-being, (b) the unique contribution of each to predict SWB, and (c) cross-cultural and gender differences in the predictors of SWB across three samples of 1,574 university students: 497 from North Carolina (US), 544 from Maputo (Mozambique), and 533 from Lisbon (Portugal).We found cross-cultural differences in the three samples.The claim is not that these two kinds of relationships are identical.The claim is that the core principles of attachment theory apply to both kinds of relationships.