Associations between dimensions of security in romantic relationships and interpersonal competence among dating and non-dating high school adolescents
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Family and Consumer Sciences
The current study investigated the association between dimensions of security in romantic relationships, anxiety and avoidance, and general interpersonal competence among two groups of high school-aged adolescents: one currently in a dating relationship (daters) and one not currently involved (non-daters). Our findings show that daters were less anxious, less avoidant, and more competent than non-daters. A moderate negative association was found between avoidance and interpersonal competence for both daters and non-daters. A small positive association was found for anxiety and competence, but only for non-daters. More variance in interpersonal competence was explained in the model for daters than non-daters. The differences observed between the groups appeared to reflect the effects of current experience on self-assessed anxiety, avoidance, and interpersonal competence.
Paulk, A. L., Pittman, J., Kerpelman, J., & Adler-Baeder, F. (2011). Associations between dimensions of security in romantic relationships and interpersonal competence among dating and non-dating high school adolescents. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 28(8), 1027–1047. https://doi.org/10.1177/0265407510397985
Journal of Social and Personal Relationships
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