How do individual attachment patterns of both members of couples affect their perceived infertility stress? An actor–partner interdependence analysis

Gianluca Lo Coco, Zaira Donarelli, Adolfo Allegra, Adolfo Allegra, Dennis M. Kivlighan, Adolfo Allegra

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Abstract

There exists a lack of dyadic research examining how the attachment characteristics of infertile individuals influ- ence their experience of infertility-related distress. The actor partner interdependence model was used to test a theoretical model by examining whether both infertile wives and husbands, who display high levels of attach- ment avoidance and/or attachment anxiety, will experience infertility-related distress. Seven hundred and sev- enty individuals (385 couples) completed the experience in close relationships, the fertility problem inventory, and the state-trait anxiety inventory prior to infertility treatment. Wives' distress was predicted by their own and by their husbands' attachment avoidance. Husbands' distress was predicted by wives' attachment anxiety. Moreover, interaction effects between two partners were observed when predicting husbands' distress. The results of the current study support the reciprocal nature of couple's attachment relationships.
Lingua originaleEnglish
pagine (da-a)63-68
Numero di pagine6
RivistaPersonality and Individual Differences
Volume92
Stato di pubblicazionePublished - 2016

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