Handbook of Interpersonal Psychology: Theory, Research, Assessment and Therapeutic Interventions

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AN ATTACHMENT-THEORY
PERSPECTIVE ON SOCIAL SUPPORT
IN CLOSE RELATIONSHIPS

Nancy L. Collins

Máire B. Ford

Brooke C. Feeney

Individuals of all ages are most likely to thrive when they have significant people in their lives who care deeply about their welfare and are willing and able to come to their aid should difficulties arise (Bowlby, 1973). Just as children look to parents for protection and nurturance when coping with stress or uncertainty, adults look to their spouses, family, and friends for support and care during times of adversity and personal challenge. A large body of research shows that social support plays a vital role in fostering health and emotional well-being at all stages in the lifespan (e.g., Cohen, 2005; Reblin & Uchino, 2008; Sarason, Sarason, & Gurung, 1997); and there is growing evidence that it also plays a central role in the development and maintenance of secure and satisfying intimate relationships (e.g., Collins & Feeney, 2000; Gleason, Iida, Shrout, & Bolger, 2008; Julien & Markman, 1991; Pasch, Bradbury, & Sullivan, 1997). Nevertheless, adults differ greatly in their desire to seek care from others and in their willingness and ability to provide responsive care to others in need. As a result, many people find it difficult to navigate social support interactions and to develop the type of mutually caring and supportive relationships that are necessary for optimal functioning. How can we explain these individual differences? What personality, relationship, and contextual factors facilitate or impede effective social support dynamics in close relationships? And how do these dynamics affect individual well-being and relationship functioning?

Until recently, researchers knew surprisingly little about the interpersonal processes that take place during support interactions, or about the factors that facilitate or impede effective social support dynamics in close relationships. One reason for this gap is that most prior research on social support

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