Attachment style and conflict resolution skills predicting technology use in relationship dissolution

Robert S. Weisskirch, Raquel Delevi

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Differences in attachment styles and conflict resolution skills may exist for those who choose to initiate or who receive relationship dissolution mediated by technology. 304 college students (F = 178, M = 126) completed an online questionnaire about their demographics, relationship status, attachment styles, and conflict resolution skills. Text messaging was the most common form of technology to initiate or receive a breakup. Greater attachment anxiety predicted being the recipient of a technology-mediated dissolution. Positive attitudes towards conflict resolution predicted having initiated a breakup via technology. There were no significant differences in attachment styles or conflict resolution skills for those using text messaging to receive or initiate conflict resolution.
Original languageAmerican English
JournalComputers in Human Behavior
StatePublished - Nov 2013


  • Attachment styles
  • Conflict resolution
  • Relationship dissolution
  • Technology


  • Psychology

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