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Ph.D candidate's research on relationships continues to attract 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 continued media attention around the world, including most recently a story in the Boston Globe.

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. "A good partner in adulthood can limit the liabilities of the baggage people bring from their early experiences," said Salvatore.

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