A Systematic Review on the Association between Adult Attachment and Interpersonal ProblemsMarkus C Hayden1*, Pia K Müllauer1 and Sylke Andreas1,2
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- Markus C Hayden
Department of Psychology
Alpen-Adria Universität Klagenfurt
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Received date: March 03, 2017; Accepted date: April 24, 2017; Published date: April 30, 2017
Citation: Hayden MC, Müllauer PK, Andreas S (2017) A Systematic Review on the Association between Adult Attachment and Interpersonal Problems. J Psychol Psychother 7:296. doi:10.4172/2161-0487.1000296
Copyright: © 2017 Hayden MC, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Objective: The aim of our study was to identify characteristic associations between adult attachment and interpersonal problems, to enhance the understanding of human behavior in close interpersonal relationships. Method: We conducted a systematic review of the scientific literature of the past 15 years. We focused on studies that link the two concepts via correlation. 17 articles fulfilled inclusion criteria and were systematically analyzed. Results: Strong associations were detected between interpersonal distress and both attachment anxiety and avoidance. Furthermore, studies revealed a trend towards associations between friendly-submissive behavior and attachment anxiety, as well as between hostile-dominant interpersonal problems and attachment avoidance. Conclusion: Our findings clearly suggest associations between adult attachment and interpersonal problems and enhance the knowledge about human behavior in interpersonal contact.