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Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Warmth and attachment as separate systems within interpersonal relationships due to trust
by Chen, Anna, M.A., California State University, Long Beach, 2013, 83; 1527363
Abstract (Summary)

The goal of this study was to demonstrate that warmth and attachment are two inherently distinct systems by showing how trust is connected more closely to attachment than warmth. Measures of attachment, interpersonal warmth, and trust were taken from CSULB undergraduates. Participants watched an empathetic video or a non-emotional control video before engaging in the economic investment game. Participants were given the choice to send a whole dollar amount of zero to four to another participant as an indication of their level of trust. It was predicted that there would be no correlation between either trust measures with the measures of empathic response. Although weak correlations were found, results showed interpersonal warmth items did not correlate with trust items and the emotional video did not have an impact on the amount of money sent, supporting the theory that attachment and interpersonal warmth may be separated if one examined trust.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: MacDonald, Kevin B.
Commitee: Pedersen, William, Thoman, Dustin B.
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Psychology
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 52/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Social psychology, Cognitive psychology
Keywords: Attachment, Economic investment game, Empathy, Interpersonal warmth, Trust
Publication Number: 1527363
ISBN: 978-1-303-76638-1
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