Attachment and Social Cognition Theories of Romantic Relationships: Convergent or Complementary Perspectives? Journal Article uri icon



  • Adult attachment and social cognition perspectives of romantic relationships have developed relatively independently of one another, despite the fact that both stress the importance of cognitive conceptual frameworks of relationship functioning. This study examines the strength of the association between constructs from the two perspectives and their associations with concurrent relationship adjustment and 6-month longitudinal relationship dissolution. Results from 68 dating couples suggested a modest degree of convergence between measures of attachment, relationship beliefs and relationship attributions. Measures of both adult attachment and relationship beliefs and attributions were uniquely related to concurrent relationship adjustment, although between-partner differences on attachment and social cognition measures were largely unrelated to relationship adjustment. The only relationship cognition variable that was predictive of subsequent relationship dissolution was stronger endorsement by women of partner responsibility attributions (i.e. viewing negative partner behavior as blameworthy, intentional and selfishly motivated). These results suggest that attachment and social cognition may offer complementary perspectives of romantic relationships.

publication date

  • May 1, 1996

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  • closed

Date in CU Experts

  • November 29, 2014 7:30 AM

Full Author List

  • Whisman MA; Allan LE

author count

  • 2

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International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0265-4075

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1460-3608

Additional Document Info

start page

  • 263

end page

  • 278


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