THE ROLE OF ATTACHMENT STYLES IN SELF-DESCRIPTIONS OF YOUNG ADULTS FROM THE PERSPECTIVE OF MODERN THEORIES OF LOVE
The purpose of the paper is twofold: It attempts to answer the question whether young adults in describing their particular attachment style use attributes proposed by modern concepts of love, and it attempts to describe the structure these attributes in those self-descriptions. Three hundred and ninety-three people participated in the study. Research confirmed the hypothesis that the structure of attributes included in the self-descriptions corresponds to modern evolutionary and psycho-social concepts of what shapes intimate relationships. Factors singled out of the descriptions correspond to short- and long-term strategies, described by Buss (1995, 1996), that are used by women and men, to tell them that their partner is a good object of attachment, as well as being socially desirable. A general hypothesis that people differing by attachment style will differ in their self-descriptions has also been confirmed. The results are interpreted from the point of view of evolutionary and psycho-social paradigms.
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