Lee J. Dixon
Despite the term existing since the early part of the 20th century, little is known about role models and relationships that individuals develop with them. Using attachment theory, a cornerstone of interpersonal theory, relationships between individuals and their role models are compared to relationships between those individuals and their parents in the present study. While data did not support the hypothesis (those with anxious attachment to their parents will experience more secure attachment to their role model) promising opportunities for future research were suggested by the qualitative and quantitative data that were collected. For example, the experience of many participants revealed a potentially complex relationship between role model expectations and gender in both qualitative and quantitative data collected.
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Doyle, Patrick C., "Model Behavior: An Assessment of Role Model Attachment" (2016). Honors Theses. 92.