FAMILY AND PARTNER RELATIONS: IS IT POSSIBLE TO PREDICT ROMANTIC ATTACHMENT ON THE BASIS OF THE QUALITY OF FAMILY RELATIONS?
Dušan Todorović, Milica Tošić Radev, Ivana Zubić
Pages: 204-214 Published: 30 Oct 2019
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Abstract: The main goal of the study is to investigate the prediction possibilities of the dimensions in partners' attachment on the basis of the quality of individuals' experiences of relations in primary family. The sample of 448 students was tested with the modified version of Brennan's Questionnaire for evaluating partners' attachment – PAB (Kamenov & Jelić 2003) and Family interaction quality scale – KOBI (Vulić - Prtorić 2004). The results shows that dimensions of family functioning can predict only 3% of the variabilities on avoidance dimension in a partner relationship. As far as the possibility of predicting the dimension of anxiety in partner relations is concerned, the results show that 8% of the variabilities can be explained in terms of the differences existing among respondents in regard to the dimensions of the family interaction quality, in which case three predictors establish statistically significant links to the criterion: maternal rejection and acceptance and rejection by father. This can lead to a conclusion that luckily, throughout a life, we have more than one significant other based on whom we evaluate oneself and the world around us and adjust our behaviour.
Keywords: family relation quality, dimensions of romantic attachment, parental rejection and acceptance