Experiences of dyadic sport friendships as a function of self and partner attachment characteristics.


Carr, S. and Fitzpatrick, N., 2011. Experiences of dyadic sport friendships as a function of self and partner attachment characteristics. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 12 (4), pp. 383-391.

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    Objectives : To examine the link between adolescent-parent attachment relationships and experiences of friendship quality in the context of the Actor-Partner Interdependence Model. Design and method : One hundred and ninety three male adolescents involved in team sports completed self-report assessments of relationship security with a key parental attachment figure and of the nature of their friendship with a nominated sporting best friend. In 40 reciprocal best friend dyads friendship quality perceptions were examined as a consequence of attachment characteristics of both the self and one’s best friend. Results :Results provided evidence that the nature of the adolescent-parent attachment relationship was significantly related to sporting friendship experiences. More secure adolescent-parent attachment characteristics corresponded to more positive sporting friendships. Furthermore, adolescents’ perceptions of the quality of dyadic sporting friendships were apparently constructed not only as a function of their own attachment characteristics but also of the attachment characteristics of their best friend. Conclusion : There is a suggestion that adolescent perceptions of dyadic sporting friendships are constructed as a consequence of both actor and partner attachment characteristics.


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    CreatorsCarr, S.and Fitzpatrick, N.
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    DepartmentsFaculty of Humanities & Social Sciences > Education
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