Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

A Descriptive Study of the Dating Relationships and Attachment Status of Always-single, White, College-educated, Heterosexual Women Between the Ages of 35–42
by Verrinder, Francis, Ph.D., Union Institute and University, 2011, 118; 3475950
Abstract (Summary)

This study examined the relationships between dating relationships and attachment status in a self-selected sample of 55 always-single, white, heterosexual, college educated women between the ages of 35 and 42. They were asked about their dating relationships: not dating, casually dating more than one person, casually dating one person or seriously dating one person. If dating, they were also asked whether they had a committed dating agreement. The self-report measure of attachment-related anxiety and avoidance, Experiences in Close Relationships-Revised (ECR-R), was used to measure the respondents' attachment style. The sample was also asked whether they were employed, and if so, how much they enjoyed their work life. They were also asked about their satisfaction with their single status. The study found that women with a committed dating agreement reported significantly less attachment-related anxiety and significantly more satisfaction with their single status than other respondents. They were also the most likely to report being very satisfied with work. Women with a casual dating agreement reported being more avoidantly-attached compared to women with a serious dating agreement. Women who were not dating reported being significantly more anxiously-attached than other participants; they were also most likely to be unemployed. A multiple regression analysis showed that not dating and being less satisfied with single status were independently associated with the respondents' self-reports of anxious attachment. Finally, a K-means cluster analysis classified the women into four groups using the ECR-R measures of anxiety and avoidance. Women with low anxiety and low avoidance were especially likely to be dating, either casually or seriously. Women with high anxiety and high avoidance were especially likely not to be dating and women with high anxiety and low avoidance also tended not to be dating.

Keywords: Adult attachment, dating, romantic relationships, satisfaction with work, satisfaction with single status, Experiences in Close Relationships-Revised (ECR-R), always-single, white, heterosexual, college-educated women between the ages of 35 and 42.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Hopkins, Linda
School: Union Institute and University
School Location: United States -- Ohio
Source: DAI-B 72/12, Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Social psychology, Womens studies, Clinical psychology
Keywords: Adult attachment, Attachment status, Dating, ECR-R, Romantic relationships, Satisfaction with work/single life, Single women
Publication Number: 3475950
ISBN: 978-1-124-89949-7
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