Attachment Styles among African American College Students

  •  Calvin R. Smith    
  •  Broquelynn Shepard    
  •  Devante Williams    


This study explored adult attachment styles among African American college students. The participants consisted of 129 college students aged 18 to 26 years (M = 20.1; SD =1.9). The participants completed three attachment instruments: (1) the Original Attachment Three-Category Measure (Hazen & Shaver, 1987); (2) the Relationship Questionnaire (RQ; Bartholomew & Horowitz, 1991); (3) the Experiences in Close Relationships-Revised (ECR-R; Fraley et al., 2000); and a demographic information form. The results indicated that the avoidant and secure attachment styles were dominant among African American college students. Cultural considerations are examined. 

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