Coregulation in romantic partners' attachment styles: A longitudinal investigation

Nathan W. Hudson, R. Chris Fraley, Claudia Chloe Brumbaugh, Amanda M. Vicary

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The goal of the present research was to examine the coregulation of partner-specific attachment security in romantic relationships. We studied a sample of 172 couples 5 times over 1 year. At each assessment wave, partners independently completed a self-report measure of their security in the relationship. We operationalized attachment coregulation both as direct impacts (i.e., prospective effects of one partner on the other) and coordination (i.e., correlated changes across time). Results indicated that, after taking into account people's prototypical levels of security, changes in security were coordinated within couples.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)845-857
Number of pages13
JournalPersonality and social psychology bulletin
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 2014


  • Adult attachment
  • Close relationships
  • Coregulation
  • Personality processes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology


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