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Predicting prosocial personality from attachment facets: are some facets more critical than others?

Gillath, Omri and Karantzas, Gery 2007, Predicting prosocial personality from attachment facets: are some facets more critical than others?, in Generations of relationships and relationships across generations conference proceedings, Australian Psychological Society, Melbourne, Vic., pp. 41-52.

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Title Predicting prosocial personality from attachment facets: are some facets more critical than others?
Author(s) Gillath, Omri
Karantzas, Gery
Conference name Combined APS PORIG Conference/IARR Mini-Conference (7th: 2007: Melbourne, Vic.)
Conference location Melbourne, Vic.
Conference dates 10-11 Nov. 2007
Title of proceedings Generations of relationships and relationships across generations conference proceedings
Editor(s) Pearce, Zoe
Publication date 2007
Conference series Australian Psychological Society Psychology of Relationships Interest Group and the International Association of Relationship Research Joint Mini-Conference
Start page 41
End page 52
Publisher Australian Psychological Society
Place of publication Melbourne, Vic.
Summary Research across various countries and relationship contexts suggests that attachment anxiety and avoidance are associated with people’s prosocial feelings, tendencies, and behaviors (e.g., Gillath et al., 2005; Karantzas, Evans, & Foddy, 2007). In the present paper we extend the two dimensional model of attachment to include a series of nested facets. Doing so allowed us to examine whether the multifaceted nested factor model provides a better explanation of the associations between attachment and the components of prosocial personality as compared to the bi-factor model (attachment anxiety and avoidance). Three hundred and eighty participants, aged 18 to 33 years completed self-report measures of adult attachment and prosocial personality. Data were fitted to various models – as expected the nested model provided a better fit to the data and explained a significantly larger proportion of the variance in prosocial tendencies than the bi-factor model. The attachment facets were found to make distinct contributions to prosocial personality beyond the broad attachment dimensions (e.g., the preoccupied facet was uniquely associated with personal distress). Implications for the revised attachment structure across various prosocial contexts are discussed, as are the limitations of using the Experience in Close Relationships Scale (ECR; Brennan et al., 1998) to test a multifaceted attachment model.
Notes Psychology of Relationships Interest Group and International Association for Relationship Research Mini-Conference
ISBN 9780909881351
0909881359
Language eng
Field of Research 170113 Social and Community Psychology
HERDC Research category E1 Full written paper - refereed
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30008062

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