Is Touch in Romantic Relationships Universally Beneficial for Psychological Well-Being? The Role of Attachment Avoidance

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Title
Is Touch in Romantic Relationships Universally Beneficial for Psychological Well-Being? The Role of Attachment Avoidance
Journal
Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin
Author(s)
Debrot Anik, Stellar Jennifer E., MacDonald Geoff, Keltner Dacher, Impett Emily A.
ISSN
0146-1672
1552-7433
ISSN-L
0146-1672
Publication state
Published
Issued date
07/12/2020
Peer-reviewed
Oui
Pages
014616722097770
Language
english
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Publication types: Journal Article
Publication Status: aheadofprint
Abstract
Affectionate touch is crucial for well-being. However, attachment avoidance is associated with negative attitudes toward touch. We tested two preregistered hypotheses about how attachment avoidance influences the association between touch in romantic couples and psychological well-being. We examined whether greater attachment avoidance is associated with a reduced link between touch and well-being, and/or whether reduced touch mediates the relationship between attachment avoidance and lower well-being. Across three studies, including two dyadic ones, we measured retrospective self-reports (Studies 1 and 2), laboratory observations (Study 2), and daily experiences (Study 3) of touch. Touch and well-being were positively associated, and attachment avoidance was associated with lower well-being and less frequent touch. Touch was associated with greater well-being regardless of level of attachment avoidance, and less frequent touch mediated the negative association between attachment avoidance and well-being in most analyses. This underscores the importance of touch, even for those valuing distance and autonomy.
Keywords
Social Psychology
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Open Access
Yes
Funding(s)
Swiss National Science Foundation / 161722
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