Relationships between attachment security and self-construal orientations

Imamoglu E. O., Imamoglu S.

JOURNAL OF PSYCHOLOGY, vol.141, no.5, pp.539-558, 2007 (SSCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 141 Issue: 5
  • Publication Date: 2007
  • Doi Number: 10.3200/jrlp.141.5.539-560
  • Journal Indexes: Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.539-558
  • Keywords: attachment theory, balanced integration-differentiation (BID) model, relationship, contexts, self-construal, Turkish university students, ADULT ATTACHMENT, WORKING MODELS, ROMANTIC RELATIONSHIPS, YOUNG ADULTHOOD, UNITED-STATES, STYLES, INDIVIDUALISM, COLLECTIVISM, RELATEDNESS, PARENTS
  • Middle East Technical University Affiliated: No


The authors report the results of two studies in which they explored the relationship of related and individuated self-construals, as suggested by the balanced integration-differentiation (BID) model (E. 0. Imamoglu, 2003), with (a) general attachment security in the first study (N = 168 Turkish university students) and (b) relationship-specific attachment security with the family, peers, and romantic partners in the second study (N = I 10 Turkish university students). Results indicated that attachment security tended to be associated with the relational self-orientation; however, when relatedness was complemented with individuation, there was a trend toward enhanced attachment security that reached significance when multiple measures of attachment across relationship contexts were considered. The authors discuss results with reference to their implications for attachment theory and the BID model.