Avoidant romantic attachment in adolescence: gender, excessive internet use and romantic relationship engagement effects

Stavropoulos, Vasileios, Mastrotheodoros, Stefanos, Burleigh, Tyrone L, Papadopoulos, Nicole and Gomez, Rapson 2018, Avoidant romantic attachment in adolescence: gender, excessive internet use and romantic relationship engagement effects, PLoS one, vol. 13, no. 7, pp. 1-22, doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0201176.

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Title Avoidant romantic attachment in adolescence: gender, excessive internet use and romantic relationship engagement effects
Author(s) Stavropoulos, Vasileios
Mastrotheodoros, Stefanos
Burleigh, Tyrone L
Papadopoulos, NicoleORCID iD for Papadopoulos, Nicole orcid.org/0000-0001-9057-1672
Gomez, Rapson
Journal name PLoS one
Volume number 13
Issue number 7
Article ID e0201176
Start page 1
End page 22
Total pages 22
Publisher Public Library of Science
Place of publication San Francisco, Calif.
Publication date 2018
ISSN 1932-6203
Keyword(s) Behavior
Internet
Adolescents
Schools
Culture
Greek people
Cross-cultural studies
Emotions
Science & Technology
Multidisciplinary Sciences
Summary Romantic development is a distinctive characteristic of puberty. However, a significant proportion of adolescents present with avoidant romantic attachment (ARA) tendencies, which have significant impact on their general adaptation. ARA variations have been suggested in relation to age, gender, engagement with a romantic partner and Excessive Internet Use (EIU) behaviours. In this longitudinal, two-wave study of a normative sample of 515 Greek adolescents at 16 and 18 years, ARA was assessed with the relevant subscale of the Experiences in Close Relationships-Revised and EIU with the Internet Addiction Test. A three-level hierarchical linear model found ARA tendencies to decrease between 16 and 18 while engagement in a romantic relationship and EIU were associated with lower and higher ARA tendencies respectively. Gender did not differentiate ARA severity either at the age of 16 or its changes over time. Results highlight the need of adopting a longitudinal-contextualized approach and provide implications for prevention and intervention initiatives in relation to the romantic development of adolescents.
Language eng
DOI 10.1371/journal.pone.0201176
Field of Research MD Multidisciplinary
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2018, Stavropoulos et al.
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