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In support interactions between two people the level of agreement between the amount of support provided and the amount of support received can have important implications about the quality and the effectiveness of the interaction. The purpose of this study was to investigate the extent to which attachment style predicts agreement between married couples regarding the occurrence of specific support behaviors during a specific interaction. Married couples (N = 190) from the Pittsburgh community were videotaped as they discussed a goal that one member of the couple hoped to accomplish. Then, both couple members reported the extent to which specific behaviors occurred during the interaction. Results indicated that individuals with an insecure attachment style were more likely to disagree with their partner than individuals with a secure attachment style. When individuals with insecure attachment styles did agree with their partners, they tended to agree about low levels of support and high levels of negativity. Implications of results and directions for future research are discussed.


Advisor: Brooke Feeney
Degree: B.S. Psychology and Biological Sciences