International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

Romantic Relationships among Young Adults: An Attachment Perspective
Vednidhi T. Teeruthroy, Uma Bhowon

The present study used adult attachment as a theoretical framework to investigate individual differences in young adults’ romantic relationships. Emphasis was put on studying the relational aspects of the self and coping strategies in an attempt to better understand how romantic partners feel about themselves and how they subsequently behave in periods of conflict. The sample comprised undergraduate university students (N=377) who responded to a self report questionnaire in English. Most findings were consistent with the proposed hypotheses. Results indicated that anxious individuals tend to report an ambivalent coping style and that fearful individuals were most vulnerable to health risks such as depression. Gender differences were also explored and results showed for instance that women generally tend to seek more support, and men might be more dismissing than women.

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