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Arch Psychiatr Nurs. 2009 Aug;23(4):289-97. doi: 10.1016/j.apnu.2008.08.005. Epub 2009 Jan 20.

Adult attachment style dimensions in women who have gay or bisexual fathers.

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Department of Behavioral Sciences, Community and Health Systems, College of Nursing, Seton Hall University, South Orange, NJ 07079, USA. sirotath@shu.edu

Abstract

This study explored possible differences in adult attachment style dimensions between women with gay or bisexual fathers (n = 68) and women with heterosexual fathers (n = 68) using a revised version of the Adult Attachment Scale (Collins & Read, 1990b). Data analysis revealed highly significant differences between groups on all three adult attachment dimensions. Women with gay or bisexual fathers were significantly less comfortable with closeness and intimacy (t = 5.264, P = .0001), less able to trust and depend on others (t = 6.621, P = .0001), and experienced more anxiety in relationships (t = 4.368, P = .0001) than women with heterosexual fathers. Theoretical and methodological issues, conclusions, and implications related to the findings are discussed.

PMID:
19631107
DOI:
10.1016/j.apnu.2008.08.005
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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