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

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

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.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Adult Children / psychology*
  • Anxiety / etiology
  • Anxiety / psychology
  • Bisexuality* / psychology
  • Boston
  • Chi-Square Distribution
  • Cluster Analysis
  • Father-Child Relations
  • Fathers* / psychology
  • Female
  • Homosexuality, Male* / psychology
  • Humans
  • Interpersonal Relations
  • Los Angeles
  • Male
  • New York City
  • Nursing Methodology Research
  • Object Attachment*
  • Parenting / psychology
  • Prejudice
  • San Francisco
  • Stereotyping
  • Trust
  • Women / psychology*