2011 Student Research Conference:
24th Annual Student Research Conference

Attachment Style, Conflict Style, and Gender Roles
Lauren D. Regan* and Katherine R. Johnson
Dr. Robert Tigner, Faculty Mentor

A great deal of research has been done linking attachment style to conflict style in romantic relationships. Recent research has suggested that the extent to which individuals fulfill stereotypical gender roles may also affect personal characteristics important to relationships such as communication and understanding. We hypothesized that those identified to be more androgynous in terms of gender roles would possess a secure attachment style and would be more understanding in situations of conflict, possessing either validating or volatile conflict styles. We hypothesized that individuals falling on either extreme of the gender continuum would also fall into the extreme categories for attachment and conflict style. More specifically, we expected female gender types possess a preoccupied attachment style and male gender types to have a dismissing attachment style. We expected that either gender type would be more likely to have an avoidant or hostile conflict style.

Keywords: attachment style, conflict style, gender roles, romantic relationships, relationships

Topic(s):Psychology

Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 34-3
Location: MG 2001
Time: 1:45

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