Attachment Anxiety, Conflict Behaviors, and Depressive Symptoms in Emerging Adults' Romantic Relationships

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The present study examined attachment anxiety, conflict behaviors (attacking and compromising), and depressive symptoms in a sample of 45 emerging adults ages 18-25 years (M = 19. 51). Emerging adults' romantic partners also participated in the study. In order to assess the study variables, emerging adults and their romantic partners completed self-report questionnaires. Using hierarchical regression analyses, a statistical model was tested wherein emerging adults' depressive symptoms were regressed on their own and their partner's attributes. Emerging adults' own attachment anxiety and attacking behaviors and their romantic partner's attacking behaviors, each explained significant portions of the variance in emerging adults' depressive symptoms. Findings highlight the importance of considering the role of emerging adults' and their romantic partners' attributes in their depressive symptoms and offer important targets for therapeutic intervention.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)170-176
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Adult Development
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Sep 1 2012


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies

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