The moderator role of physical affection in the relationship between attachment styles with marital quality of women

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1 Assistant Professor, Department of Counseling, University of Ahvaz, Ahvaz, Iran

2 MA in Family Counseling, University of Ahvaz, Ahvaz, Iran


Considering the impact of effective and determining variables on marital quality, the present study examined the moderator role of physical affection in the relationship between attachment styles and marital quality. The cross-sectional survey method used to conduct the present investigation. The sample consisted of 207married women from Shahid Chamran University of Ahvaz. They selected through available sampling method. Thus, in order to gather the required data, these instruments used: (1) Romantic Attachment Styles Questionnaire; (2) Physical Affection Behavior-Rating Scale; and (3) Quality of Marriage Index. The following statistical methods also used for analyzing the collected data: (a) Pearson correlation; and (b) Linear Regression Analysis. Results revealed that there is a significant positive relationship between the security attachment styles and marital quality, and a significant negative relationship between anxiety and avoidance attachment styles with marital quality. The results also indicated that physical affection moderate the relationship between secure, anxiety and avoidance attachment with marital quality.Based upon the findings of this study, it can conclude that the relationship between attachment styles and marital quality is not a simple linear one, and physical affection can indeed moderate this kind of relationship.


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