The current study investigated the relationships between current attachment to mother and attachment to romantic partners, and the role of current partner support and culture as moderators of that relationship. University students who were currently in a romantic relationship were recruited from Hong Kong and USA, and completed measures on attachment styles and partner support. Results showed that maternal attachment anxiety was correlated with romantic attachment anxiety; maternal attachment avoidance was correlated with romantic attachment avoidance, but this linkage varied by level of current partner support. Romantic attachment avoidance was also associated with current partner support, but this linkage was stronger for HK Chinese than for Americans. These results are discussed in terms of how interpersonal and personality factors promoted by culture can affect the developmental course of romantic relationships. Copyright © 2010 The Authors.
CitationHo, M. Y., Zhang, H., Lin, D., Lu, A., Bond, M. H., Chan, C., & Friedman, M. (2010). Saving graces: Impact of partner support and maternal attachment on partner attachments in an individualistic and a collectivist context. Asian Journal of Social Psychology, 13(1), 19-29. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-839X.2010.01297.x
- Maternal attachment
- Partner support
- Romantic attachment