Why do they hook up? Attachment style and motives of college students

Shannon Snapp, René Lento, Ehri Ryu, Karen S. Rosen

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Attachment style may be related to variations in hookup experiences; however, we do not know if attachment style is associated with hookup motives. College students (N = 266) completed questionnaires that assessed attachment style and hookup motives. Avoidant attachment was negatively associated with intimacy motives, while anxious attachment was positively related to intimacy. Insecure attachment styles were positively related to coping motives and self-affirmation motives, but gender interacted with attachment style. Anxious attachment was positively associated with peer pressure motives in men only. The role of attachment style and hookup motives in understanding young adults' hookup experiences will be discussed.
Original languageAmerican English
JournalPersonal Relationships
StatePublished - Sep 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • Psychiatry and Psychology
  • Psychology

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