Destruktiva konfliktbeteenden och otrygg anknytning
: En studie om beteenden mot tidigare och nuvarande partner

Translated title of the thesis: Destructive conflict behaviours and insecure attachment: A study about behaviours to past and present partners
  • Marija-Elena Dahm

Student thesis: Master, one year


Research has shown that there is a connection between attachment patterns and conflict behaviors, where people with insecure attachment often use destructive conflict behaviors (Dijkstra, Barelds, Ronner, & Nauta, 2017; Feeney & Karantzas, 2017; Fowler & Dillow, 2011). The purpose of the study was to investigate if the same person used the same conflict behaviors if the conflict was with a past or present partner, and to investigate whether there was a connection between attachment patterns and conflict behaviors towards both past and present partners. Participants (N = 48) answered a web-based questionnaire that addressed general questions about participants, conflict behavior towards past and present partners, estimation of past and present partners' conflict behavior, and attachment to past and present partners, respectively. The results showed strong support for criticism being equally used to past and present partners, but weaker support for contempt, defense and stonewalling. Avoidant attachment was a predictor of stonewalling towards both past and present partners, with ambivalent attachment as an additional predictor for past partners. Towards present partners, ambivalent attachment was a predictor of criticism, contempt and defense; towards past partner avoidant attachment was also a predictor of contempt and defense. The study’s application and significance for future research are discussed.

Date of Award2020-Jun-22
Original languageSwedish
SupervisorMarcus Johansson (Supervisor) & Jimmy Jensen (Examiner)

Educational program

  • Magisterprogram i psykologi

Courses and Subjects

  • Psychology

University credits

  • 15 HE credits

Swedish Standard Keywords

  • Psychology (501)


  • attachment
  • ambivalent
  • avoidant
  • conflict behaviors
  • relationship conflict

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