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Parental attachment and its relationship to contextualised trait expression and mean-corrected cross-context trait variability

Robinson, Oliver; Wright, Gordon R. T. and Kendall, Elaine. 2011. Parental attachment and its relationship to contextualised trait expression and mean-corrected cross-context trait variability. Personality and Individual Differences, 50(5), 547 - 552. ISSN 0191-8869 [Article]

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The study explored relationships between attachment to parents, personality traits and cross-context trait variability in adulthood. The 209 adult participants completed the Parental Attachment Questionnaire (PAQ), and rated themselves on a Big Five trait inventory to describe their personality as it manifests when with parents, friends and work colleagues. Indices of intra-individual variability were corrected to negate correlations between trait variability and trait means. It was found that weaker parental attachment was related to higher levels of cross-context variability in Agreeableness, Openness to Experience and Emotional Stability (Neuroticism). Correlations between an overall index of cross-context personality variability and trait means were moderated by context. {PAQ} scores were linked to all five trait means in the parent context, but not to trait means in other contexts. The findings support a link between the attachment bond with parents and particular personality traits in respect to both cross-context variability and mean level.

Item Type:

Article

Identification Number (DOI):

https://doi.org/10.1016/j.paid.2010.11.024

Keywords:

Personality; Social context; Parental attachment; Intra-individual variability; Big Five

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Psychology

Dates:

DateEvent
April 2011Published

Item ID:

15775

Date Deposited:

16 Dec 2015 12:35

Last Modified:

16 Dec 2015 12:35

Peer Reviewed:

Yes, this version has been peer-reviewed.

URI:

http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/15775

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