Perspective-taking induction mitigates the effect of partner attachment avoidance on self-partner overlap

Rosemary E. Bernstein, Sean M. Laurent, Benjamin W. Nelson, Heidemarie K. Laurent

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Adult attachment avoidance has long been associated with relationship turmoil and dissatisfaction, and some research has highlighted the clinical potential of perspective-taking (PT) training for ameliorating attachment avoidance-related relationship difficulties. Prior research also suggests that prosocial sequelae of PT are mediated by increased self-other overlap. This study examined how a brief PT induction preceding an unresolved conflict discussion interacted with individual differences in attachment avoidance to influence postconflict ratings of self-partner overlap. The authors found that the PT induction buffered the effect of partner-but not one's own-avoidance on self-partner overlap. Main effects of PT condition and both actor and partner avoidance were also detected, and results remained unchanged when controlling for indirect intracouple overlap and relevant individual and couple characteristics.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)356-367
Number of pages12
JournalPersonal Relationships
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 1 2015

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Anthropology
  • Social Psychology
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies


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