Ph.D candidate's research on relationships attracts international media attention
Jessica Salvatore, doctoral candidate at the Institute of Child Development, and her ICD co-authors Sally Kuo and Andrew Collins recently published findings in Psychological Science that suggest how well couples move on after an argument is closely tied to how securely attached one or both partners were to their caregivers as an infant. The study has attracted media attention around the world, including stories in Time, U.S. News & World Report, WebMD, and the United Kingdom's Daily Mail. Salvatore has also been interviewed about the research by media outlets in Ireland, South Korea, and Chile.
In their longitudinal study, the ICD researchers discovered that having a romantic partner who is especially good at recovering (or rebounding) from conflict predicts increased relationship stability for those who were insecurely attached in infancy. "This research," says Salvatore, "provides some of the first prospective evidence suggesting that individuals may be able to compensate for the vulnerabilities that their romantic partners carry with them from earlier in their development."
See the article in Psychological Science online.
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