Reciprocal associations between friendship attachment and relational experiences in adolescence
Journal of Social and Personal Relationships
The current study examined the reciprocal associations between friendship attachment and relational experiences. Data came from a longitudinal study that assessed adolescents (N = 223, 108 girls) in the 6th, 8th, 10th, and 12th grades. Cross-lagged models were fitted with structural equation modeling. Results showed that attachment avoidance was consistently predictive of more friendship exclusion, and friendship exclusion was consistently predictive of more attachment anxiety. Attachment avoidance was consistently related to less friendship intimacy across adolescence. Friendship intimacy was also consistently related to lower attachment avoidance across adolescence. Attachment anxiety was consistently related to more friendship intimacy across adolescence. This study shed light on the bidirectional influences between attachment security and relational experiences in adolescent friendships.
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Chow, Chong Man, Ruhl, Holly, & Buhrmester, Duane. (2014). Reciprocal associations between friendship attachment and relational experiences in adolescence. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 33(1), 122–146. doi:10.1177/0265407514562987