The Roles of perceived parental conflict, perceived parenting styles and attachment styles on romantic relationship attitudes

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2016
Okur, Özlem
The current study aimed to examine (1) association between measures of the study including perceived parental conflict, perceived parenting styles, attachment styles, romantic relationship attitudes and satisfaction with life; (2) factors related with perceived parental conflict, perceived parenting styles, attachment styles, romantic relationship attitudes and life satisfaction; (3) the mediator effect of perceived parenting styles and attachment styles on the association between parental conflict and romantic relationship attitudes; and (4) to investigate the mediator roles of perceived parenting styles, attachment styles and romantic relationship attitudes on the relationship between parental conflict and satisfaction with life. The data was collected from 595 participants between the ages 18-65. The results of the study revealed that perceived parental conflict was associated with perceived parenting styles, attachment styles, romantic relationship attitudes including anxiety and avoidance and satisfaction with life. Moreover, perceived parental conflict was found to be associated with both anxiety and avoidance. Furthermore, Perception of parental styles including father’s overprotection and emotional warmth were found to be negatively associated with anxiety. Moreover, father’s emotional warmth was also negatively associated with avoidance in romantic relationship. Furthermore, secure attachment was found to be negatively, fearful and preoccupied attachment styles were found to be positively associated with anxiety; however, avoidant and fearful attachments were found to be positively, and secure attachment style was found to be negatively associated with avoidance in romantic relationships. The results of the study about satisfaction with life indicated that perceived parental conflict was positively associated with satisfaction with life. Perceived parental styles had some type of relationship with satisfaction with life. While mother’s rejection and father’s overprotection was found to be negatively associated with life satisfaction, father’s emotional warmth was found to be positively associated with life satisfaction. Moreover, secure attachment was found to be positively, anxiety was found to be negatively associated with satisfaction with life. This study displayed that perceived parenting style and attachment style had an important role on the association between parental conflict and romantic relationship attitudes.

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Ö. Okur, “The Roles of perceived parental conflict, perceived parenting styles and attachment styles on romantic relationship attitudes,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2016.