The Interplay between self compassion, attachment security & relational attributions on marital functioning

Terzi, Hilal
This thesis aims to investigate the dyadic effects of adult attachment orientations, self-compassion, and relational attributions on marital functioning (i.e., marital satisfaction and conflict) with a double-mediation model. It is expected that couples’ marital functioning will be predicted by a set of two sequential links from adult attachment dimensions to self-compassion and then to relational attributions. In this study, spouses’ attachment related anxiety was expected to predict their self-compassion level (first mediation part), which in turn direct the way they make attributions for their partner behavior, and in turn this predict marital functioning as the second mediated process. Self-compassion was expected to mediate the relationship between attachment related anxiety and relational attributions. Married couples (N = 158) participated in this study. The Actor-Partner Interdependence Double Mediation Modelling (APIDMeM) was performed to reveal actor and partner effects on married couple dyads. Results yielded a number of significant actor and partner effects. Findings suggested that proposed double mediation model was partially supported. Only the path between wives’ attachment related anxiety and their own marital satisfaction was double mediated. Self-compassion was found to have no direct and indirect effects on partners study variables, while couples’ attachment related anxiety and avoidance had direct and indirect actor and partner effects. Both actor and partner effects seem to reflect the culturally related gender roles for both wives and husbands. In general, wives’ attachment dimensions, self-compassion, and relational attributions were found to be associated with couples’ marital functioning while husbands’ marital satisfaction and conflict were influenced more by wives’ attachment dimensions, and wives’ relational attributions mediated the effects of the attachment dimensions.


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Citation Formats
H. Terzi, “The Interplay between self compassion, attachment security & relational attributions on marital functioning,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2015.