Attachment anxiety and friendship group identification under attachment threat: The moderating role of priming support network expectations

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Authors

  • Harriet E S Rosenthal
  • Judi Walsh
  • Richard J. Crisp
  • Claire V. Farrow
  • Meghan J. Waugh
  • Abigail Millings

Colleges, School and Institutes

External organisations

  • Durham University
  • University of Kent
  • Loughborough University
  • BRISTOL UNIVERSITY
  • Department of Clinical Psychology
  • UEA, Norwich Research Park
  • University of East Anglia
  • Keynes College
  • School of Experimental Psychology

Abstract

We examined the role of priming participants' own network expectations on their subsequent identification with their friendship group. We examined this prime alongside attachment anxiety and attachment threat, as predictors of friendship group identification. Previous research has suggested that attachment anxiety is associated with negative network expectations. In this study, we extended this work to show that when a network expectation prime was absent, higher attachment anxiety was associated with lower group identification under attachment threat, compared to a control condition. However, when expectations of support network were primed, attachment threat no longer affected group identification, so that only attachment anxiety predicted group identification. This suggests that priming participants who are high in attachment anxiety with their own network expectancies (which are negative), results in participants dis-identifying with their friendship group, regardless of whether or not they have experienced attachment threat.

Details

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)562-567
Number of pages6
JournalPersonality and Individual Differences
Volume53
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2012

Keywords

  • Attachment anxiety, Friendship group, Identification, Priming, Support network expectations

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