Does dyadic coping mediate the association between attachment and relational outcomes?
The role of attachment insecurity in the development and quality of romantic relationships is well-established in the literature. However, not all mechanisms linking the constructs have been sufficiently explored. In this study, we used dyadic coping as a potential mediator between attachment insecurity (anxiety and avoidance) and relational satisfaction and commitment. 147 individuals took part in the investigation. We found that attachment anxiety was negatively related to relational satisfaction and that attachment avoidance was negatively linked to commitment. The analyses also indicate
that dyadic coping mediates the association between attachment avoidance and satisfaction. The results suggest that attachment insecurity decreases the levels of satisfaction and commitment, but dyadic coping can explain this effect only for avoidance.
attachment, relational satisfaction, dyadic coping, commitment, mediation analysis
Florentina-Irina Iuga – Department of Psychology, Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences, Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iaşi, Romania
Octav Sorin Candel – Department of Psychology, Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences, Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iaşi, Romania, E-mail: email@example.com