An investigatory study into the relationship between adult attachment, personal achievement and quality of life
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BA in Psychology
Dublin Business School
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This research study aimed to assess the relationship between adult attachment, personal achievement and quality of life (QOL) across different socio economic strata. Personal achievement was measured according to employment status. In order to measure QOL and relationship style the participants were requested to complete two questionnaires including Ferrans & Powers (1985) Quality of Life Index (QLI) and Bartholomew and Horowitz (1991) Relationship Questionnaire (RQ). The study consisted of 86 participants (29 male and 57 female) taken from different sectors in society based on employment status, including workers from the private sector, the public sector and also a sample representing the un-employed. The research involved using a between groups cross-sectional design in order to account for any correlational outcomes. The results from the analysis of data found a significant relationship between unemployment and low QOL. Unemployed females had the lowest QOL overall but were more securely attached in their close relationships than males. Attachment style was not found to have a significant effect on QOL or personal achievement.