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dc.contributor.authorMilovchevich, Darryl George
dc.contributor.supervisorDr. Rosie Rooney
dc.contributor.supervisorAssoc. Prof. Brian Bishop

Attachment theory suggests that children develop internalized expectations of primary care givers that predict the availability of care and protection offered by parents (Bowlby, 1969; 1973; 1980). Parenting practice has been found to significantly impact on the development of internalised attachment schemas (Nickell, et al., 2002). Both one’s attachment and conception of gender-role orientation, which define appropriate gender-based behaviour, have been found to correlate (Shaver, et al., 1996). Furthermore access to emotional support has been found to correlate with attachment (Fairchild & Finney, 2006) and genderrole orientation (Houle, et al., 2008). This study used data from a random community sample to explore the impact of recalled parenting experiences on attachment in romantic relationships, gender-role values and the development of emotional support networks. The randomised sample was also used to develop community norms for the Experiences in Close Relationships Questionnaire Revised (ECR-R; Fraley, Waller & Brennan, 2000). Results indicated the importance of paternal indifference and maternal over control in female attachment to romantic partners. Mental health symptoms differed depending on parenting practice experienced and the gender of the participant. Both romantic attachment and gender role orientation impacted on the nature and propensity to access emotional support. Finally, results supported the psychometric properties of the ECR-R.

dc.publisherCurtin University
dc.subjectattachment theory
dc.subjectromantic attachment
dc.subjectmental health symptom
dc.subjectparenting practice
dc.subjectemotional support
dc.subjectExperiences in Close Relationships Questionnaire Revised (ECR-R)
dc.subjectgender-role orientation
dc.titleThe association between parenting, attachment formation and gender role orientation and its impact on accessing support when in need
curtin.departmentSchool of Psychology
curtin.accessStatusOpen access

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