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Interlinkages between attachment and the Five-Factor Model of personality in middle childhood and young adulthood: a longitudinal approach
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology.
2013 (English)In: Attachment & Human Development, ISSN 1461-6734, E-ISSN 1469-2988, Vol. 15, no 2, 219-239 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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In this paper, we examine concurrent and prospective links between attachment and the Five-Factor Model (FFM) of personality from middle childhood to young adulthood (n=66). At age 8.5 years, attachment was measured with the Separation Anxiety Test and at 21 years with the Adult Attachment Interview, whereas the personality dimensions were assessed with questionnaires at both time points. The results showed that attachment and personality dimensions are meaningfully related, concurrently and longitudinally. Attachment security in middle childhood was positively related to extraversion and openness, both concurrently and prospectively. Unresolved/disorganized (U/d) attachment was negatively related to conscientiousness and positively related to openness in young adulthood. U/d attachment showed a unique contribution to openness above the observed temporal stability of openness. As attachment security was also associated with openness, the duality of this factor is discussed together with other theoretical considerations regarding attachment theory in relation to the FFM.

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2013. Vol. 15, no 2, 219-239 p.
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attachment, Separation Anxiety Test, Adult Attachment Interview, personality, Big Five
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Psychology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-88984DOI: 10.1080/14616734.2013.754985ISI: 000315486800006OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-88984DiVA: diva2:615457
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Available from: 2013-04-10 Created: 2013-04-08 Last updated: 2017-12-06Bibliographically approved

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