Title

The personality research form as a discriminator of attachment styles

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

3-1-1997

Department

Psychology

Abstract

The authors conducted an investigation to determine whether personality needs as measured by the Personality Research Form (PRF) discriminate between four types of attachment styles measured by the Relationship Questionnaire (Re). Roe (1957) theorized a relationship between parental attitudes and the satisfaction of needs in children. Bowlby (1969) theorized that parent/child interactions influence the development of the child's personality. We thought that a relationship must exist between personality and attachment style. Eighty-four volunteers from undergraduate psychology classes served as participants in the study. They completed Form E of the PRF, as well as the Re. Data were analyzed via stepwise discriminant analysis. Significant F-statistics (p = .05) were obtained for 21 of 22 steps of the analysis. A classification matrix was performed at each step. The most efficacious classification occurred at step 2, This step resulted in 47.6% of the participants being correctly classified, based upon the PRF variables affiliation and cognitive structure.

Publication Title

JOURNAL OF SOCIAL BEHAVIOR AND PERSONALITY

Volume

12

Issue

1

First Page

113

Last Page

127