The Effects of attachment on marital adjustment in newly married individuals: testing the mediator role of conflict resolution styles

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2014
Tulum, Sedef
The main purpose of the current study was to investigate the mediating role of conflict resolution styles in the relationship between attachment dimensions (i.e., attachment anxiety and avoidance) and marital adjustment in newlyweds who are in the new couple stage. 380 newly married individuals who had been married less than 5 years, had no children, and were in their first marriages completed measures of Experiences in Close Relationships-Revised (ECR-R), Dyadic Adjustment Scale (DAS), and Conflict Resolution Styles Scale (CRSS). A multiple mediator model suggesting that the relationship of attachment dimensions to marital adjustment was mediated by the conflict resolution styles was tested by using mediational analysis with Bootstrapping sampling method. Overall, the results provided considerable support for some mediational mechanisms in the current sample of newlyweds. Analyses revealed that both positive and negative conflict resolution styles partially mediated the relationship between anxiety dimension of attachment and marital adjustment. Negative conflict resolution style also partially mediated the association between avoidance dimension of attachment and marital adjustment. Findings highlighted the importance of dysfunctional conflict resolution styles as an underlying mechanism through the relationship between attachment characteristics and satisfaction in newlywed marriage. The findings of the current study were discussed in the light of the related literature.

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S. Tulum, “The Effects of attachment on marital adjustment in newly married individuals: testing the mediator role of conflict resolution styles,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2014.