Attachment insecurity as a moderator of cardiovascular arousal effects following dyadic support

Hadil Kordahji, Eran Bar-Kalifa, Eshkol Rafaeli

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Abstract

We examine the cardiovascular arousal effects of emotional support receipt, and the moderation of these by the support recipient's and provider's attachment. Seventy couples engaged in a laboratory dyadic supportive interaction, while their ECG was monitored. With more emotional support, men with high attachment anxiety showed greater arousal reduction during the dyadic interaction, whereas men with low attachment anxiety showed less reduction; additionally, women coupled with partners with high attachment anxiety showed greater arousal reduction, whereas women coupled with partners with low attachment anxiety showed less reduction. Men and women with high attachment avoidance showed less arousal reduction, whereas those with low attachment avoidance showed greater reduction. These results highlight the differential ways in which support gets under the skin.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)89-99
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Research in Personality
Volume57
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Aug 2015
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Actor-partner-interdependence-model
  • Attachment anxiety
  • Attachment avoidance
  • Dyadic interaction
  • Emotional support
  • Intimate relationships
  • Multi-level modeling
  • Psychophysiology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Psychology (all)

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