Effects of one's level of anxious attachment and its correlates on satisfaction with self-sacrifice and relationship satisfaction

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M.A. in Clinical Psychology


Department of Psychology


Advisor: Lee J. Dixon


Self-sacrifice is just one of the many behaviors one can engage in in order to appease his or her partner. However, there is variation across individuals in how satisfying this behavior is. Past research has found that satisfaction with self-sacrifice moderates the association between self-sacrifice and relationship satisfaction; a positive relationship exists between these constructs for those who are more satisfied with self-sacrificing. The goal of the current study was to examine what potential factors could impact one's satisfaction with self-sacrifice, thus influencing the relationship between sacrificing behaviors and relationship satisfaction. While this study did not produce the desired results in terms of replicating past research or showing that an anxious attachment style has an impact on satisfaction with self-sacrifice, one of the correlates of an anxious attachment style, rejection sensitivity, was shown to be significantly related to one's satisfaction with self-sacrifice.


Self-sacrifice, Security (Psychology), Interpersonal relations, Relationship quality, Clinical Psychology, self-sacrifice, relationship satisfaction, self-silencing, rejection sensitivity, anxious attachment

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