Is Virginia for Lovers? Geographic Variation in Adult Attachment Orientation

Chopik, W. J., & Motyl, M. (2016). Is Virginia for lovers? Geographic variation in adult attachment orientation. Journal of Research in Personality, 66, 38-45.

26 Pages Posted: 24 Mar 2017  

William Chopik

Michigan State University - Department of Psychology

Matt Motyl

University of Illinois at Chicago; University of Illinois at Chicago

Date Written: 2016

Abstract

People often use relationships to characterize and describe places. Yet, little research examines whether people’s relationships and relational style vary across geography. The current study examined geographic variation in adult attachment orientation in a sample of 127,070 adults from the 50 United States. The states that were highest in attachment anxiety tended to be in the mid-Atlantic and Northeast region of the United States. The states that were highest in attachment avoidance tended to be in the frontier region of the United States. State-level avoidance was related to state-level indicators of relationship status, social networks, and volunteering behavior. The findings are discussed in the context of the mechanisms that may give rise to regional variation in relational behavior.

Keywords: attachment style, spatial statistics, geospatial variation, personality, social psychology

Suggested Citation

Chopik, William and Motyl, Matt, Is Virginia for Lovers? Geographic Variation in Adult Attachment Orientation (2016). Chopik, W. J., & Motyl, M. (2016). Is Virginia for lovers? Geographic variation in adult attachment orientation. Journal of Research in Personality, 66, 38-45.. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2939306

William Chopik (Contact Author)

Michigan State University - Department of Psychology ( email )

East Lansing, MI 48823
United States

Matt Motyl

University of Illinois at Chicago ( email )

1007 W. Harrison St. (m/c 285)
Psychology Department
Chicago, IL 60607
United States

HOME PAGE: http://motyl.people.uic.edu

University of Illinois at Chicago ( email )

1102 Behavioral Science Building (BSB)
Chicago, IL 60607-7137
United States

HOME PAGE: http://motyl.people.uic.edu

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