Intrusiveness from an attachment theory perspective: A dyadic diary study

Shiri Lavy, Mario Mikulincer, Phillip R. Shaver

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This 14-day dyadic diary study of 60 heterosexual couples examines links between attachment insecurities, intrusiveness, and relationship dissatisfaction by exploring the effects of attachment insecurities on intrusiveness and examining the daily interplay between intrusiveness and relationship dissatisfaction. We assessed attachment orientations, daily self-reported intrusive behavior, and daily relationship satisfaction of members of each couple. Results indicated that self-reported intrusiveness was associated with actor's attachment anxiety and with their partner's attachment avoidance. Unexpectedly, partner's previous-day intrusiveness was positively associated with actor's next-day relationship satisfaction. This association was driven mainly by women scoring high on avoidance. The theoretical and practical implications of the findings are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)972-977
Number of pages6
JournalPersonality and Individual Differences
Issue number8
StatePublished - Nov 2013


  • Attachment
  • Couple relationships
  • Diary
  • Intrusiveness
  • Relationship satisfaction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Psychology


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