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Proximity seeking in adult attachment: examining the role of automatic approach-avoidance tendencies

Marieke Dewitte, Jan De Houwer UGent, Ann Buysse UGent and Ernst Koster UGent (2008) BRITISH JOURNAL OF SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY. 47(4). p.557-573
abstract
In two experiments, participants made symbolic approach and avoidance movements towards or away from attachment figure- and acquaintance-related cues after being primed with a distressing or a non-distressing context. Results showed that automatic approach responses towards the attachment figure were stronger in a distressing than in a non-distressing context, regardless of whether the source of distress was attachment-relevant or -irrelevant and regardless of one's attachment style. Individual differences in attachment anxiety and avoidance were associated with the predicted patterns of approach-avoidance tendencies: attachment anxiety heightened the tendency to approach the attachment Figure ( Experiments 1 and 2), whereas attachment avoidance reduced this tendency ( Experiment 2). Findings are discussed as providing first evidence on the role of automatic action tendencies in adult attachment.
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keyword
WORKING MODELS, SITUATION, ACCESSIBILITY, COUPLES, ACTIVATION, SUPPORT SEEKING, ROMANTIC RELATIONSHIPS, THOUGHTS, IMPLICIT, CLOSE RELATIONSHIPS
journal title
BRITISH JOURNAL OF SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY
Br. j. soc. psychol.
volume
47
issue
4
pages
557 - 573
Web of Science type
Article
Web of Science id
000262634100001
JCR category
PSYCHOLOGY, SOCIAL
JCR impact factor
1.709 (2008)
JCR rank
17/49 (2008)
JCR quartile
4 (2008)
ISSN
0144-6665
DOI
10.1348/014466607X265148
language
English
UGent publication?
yes
classification
A1
id
529628
handle
http://hdl.handle.net/1854/LU-529628
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2009-03-24 15:51:22
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2016-12-19 15:44:24
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  abstract     = {In two experiments, participants made symbolic approach and avoidance movements towards or away from attachment figure- and acquaintance-related cues after being primed with a distressing or a non-distressing context. Results showed that automatic approach responses towards the attachment figure were stronger in a distressing than in a non-distressing context, regardless of whether the source of distress was attachment-relevant or -irrelevant and regardless of one's attachment style. Individual differences in attachment anxiety and avoidance were associated with the predicted patterns of approach-avoidance tendencies: attachment anxiety heightened the tendency to approach the attachment Figure ( Experiments 1 and 2), whereas attachment avoidance reduced this tendency ( Experiment 2). Findings are discussed as providing first evidence on the role of automatic action tendencies in adult attachment.},
  author       = {Dewitte, Marieke and De Houwer, Jan and Buysse, Ann and Koster, Ernst},
  issn         = {0144-6665},
  journal      = {BRITISH JOURNAL OF SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY},
  keyword      = {WORKING MODELS,SITUATION,ACCESSIBILITY,COUPLES,ACTIVATION,SUPPORT SEEKING,ROMANTIC RELATIONSHIPS,THOUGHTS,IMPLICIT,CLOSE RELATIONSHIPS},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {4},
  pages        = {557--573},
  title        = {Proximity seeking in adult attachment: examining the role of automatic approach-avoidance tendencies},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1348/014466607X265148},
  volume       = {47},
  year         = {2008},
}

Chicago
Dewitte, Marieke, Jan De Houwer, Ann Buysse, and Ernst Koster. 2008. “Proximity Seeking in Adult Attachment: Examining the Role of Automatic Approach-avoidance Tendencies.” British Journal of Social Psychology 47 (4): 557–573.
APA
Dewitte, M., De Houwer, J., Buysse, A., & Koster, E. (2008). Proximity seeking in adult attachment: examining the role of automatic approach-avoidance tendencies. BRITISH JOURNAL OF SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY, 47(4), 557–573.
Vancouver
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Dewitte M, De Houwer J, Buysse A, Koster E. Proximity seeking in adult attachment: examining the role of automatic approach-avoidance tendencies. BRITISH JOURNAL OF SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY. 2008;47(4):557–73.
MLA
Dewitte, Marieke, Jan De Houwer, Ann Buysse, et al. “Proximity Seeking in Adult Attachment: Examining the Role of Automatic Approach-avoidance Tendencies.” BRITISH JOURNAL OF SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY 47.4 (2008): 557–573. Print.