Adult attachment styles and mental well-being in relation to romantic relationship satisfaction

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Radulovic, Sladjana
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BA (Hons) in Psychology
Dublin Business School
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The aim of the present study was to explore the relationship between anxiety and avoidant attachment styles, mental well-being and romantic relationship satisfaction. A betweensubjects cross-sectional correlational design was utilised. Attachment orientations were measured with the Experiences in Close Relationships-Revised (ECR-R) Scale; mental wellbeing was measured with the WEMWBS (Warwick-Edinburgh Mental Well-Being Scale); and relationship satisfaction was measured with the Relationship Assessment Scale (RAS). 118 students (50.5% female and 49.5% male), recruited through opportunity sampling, participated. Attachment anxiety and attachment avoidance were negatively correlated with relationship satisfaction, while increased well-being was positively correlated with it. The theoretical and practical implications of the results contribute towards the effort for global improvement in affective human relationship functioning. Author keywords: Attachment, mental well-being