Romantic Relationships and Self-Esteem

501 Words Jan 27th, 2018 2 Pages
It was hypothesized that individuals who associated with having either a secure or dismissive attachment style would also elicit high levels of dating goals as well as intimacy levels and would have higher levels of self-esteem. It was found that attachment style had an effect on self-esteem as well as intimacy levels of individuals. However, interestingly enough, attachment style did not appear to have an effect on dating goals. Individuals who identified as being dismissing-avoidant elicited higher levels of self-esteem than those who identified as being avoidant. It is be to noted that for data analyses looking at attachment style in relation to self-esteem, intimacy, and dating goals the anxious/ambivalent attachment style was excluded due to insufficient numbers. This finding does not fully support the original hypothesis due the secure attachment style not demonstrating to be associated with higher levels of self-esteem, as was predicted. Results also indicated that those who identified as having a secure attachment style elicited higher levels of intimacy than those who identified as being either dismissing-avoidant or avoidant. There was a significant positive correlation between self-esteem and intimacy in support of the previous literature that found relationship maintenance behaviors, in this case measured as intimacy,…
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