attachment style, verifying messages, self-verifying, self-enhancing
This study investigates the connection between one's adult attachment style and one's evaluation of verifying or enhancing comforting messages. Drawing from research by Swann (2005) and Katz and Joiner (2002), the hypothesis predicted that an individual would prefer verifying messages over enhancing messages regardless of attachment style. A research question was also posed: Will an individual's adult attachment style moderate the degree to which a person perceives the communication of verifying or enhancing messages as helpful or effective? In an effort to find these answers, a questionnaire was completed by 251 individuals. Results indicate a preference for verifying messages among participants regardless of attachment style. This is consistent with the findings of Katz and Joiner (2002) and Swann (2005). However, results did not indicate a significant difference between attachment style and a preference of enhancing or verifying messages.
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Master of Arts (M.A.)
College of Sciences
Nicholson School of Communication
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Masters Thesis (Open Access)
Shellabarger, Krista, "Attachment Style's Impact On The Perception Of Self-verifying And Self-enhancing Comforting Messages" (2008). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 3489.