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Couple conflict: insights from an attachment perspective

Feeney, Judith A and Karantzas, Gery C 2017, Couple conflict: insights from an attachment perspective, Current opinion in psychology, vol. 13, pp. 60-64, doi: 10.1016/j.copsyc.2016.04.017.

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Title Couple conflict: insights from an attachment perspective
Author(s) Feeney, Judith A
Karantzas, Gery C
Journal name Current opinion in psychology
Volume number 13
Start page 60
End page 64
Total pages 5
Publisher Elsevier
Place of publication Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Publication date 2017-02
ISSN 2352-250X
Keyword(s) couple conflict
attachment
romantic relationships
attachment theory perspective
stressors
relationship satisfaction
longevity
attachment behavioral system
attachment-relationship quality link
Summary The experience of conflict is often cited as a highly stressful relational phenomenon by romantic couples, and can have negative implications for relationship satisfaction and for the longevity of romantic relationships. In this paper, we review extant research on couple conflict in romantic relationships from an attachment theory perspective. The research we review is underpinned by two central tenets: firstly, severe or persistent conflict activates the attachment system; secondly, responses to couple conflict involve complex attachment dynamics, shaped by partners' attachment anxiety and avoidance. The research reviewed has important implications for both research and practice in the area of couple conflict, and clearly demonstrates how conflict can act as a stressor that shapes relationship functioning.
Language eng
DOI 10.1016/j.copsyc.2016.04.017
Field of Research 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
Socio Economic Objective 920401 Behaviour and Health
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2016, Elsevier Ltd.
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30084479

Document type: Journal Article
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