|M.Sc Student||Meirovitch Carmit|
|Subject||The Impact of the Dyadic Attachment on Social Support in|
|Department||Department of Industrial Engineering and Management||Supervisor||Mr. Peter Bamberger|
In order to understand interpersonal processes of social support within the work-context, we used the theoretical framework of Attachment Theory, which is based on the assumption that a person has a stable attachment pattern that influence behaviors and conceptions towards “others” and the world in general. The research examined the nature of team-members’ “specific attachments” to each-other, and tested the assumption that a person could attach to various people in various ways, according to his/her specific relationship with them.
The goal of the research was to explore the relations between attachment (attachment pattern and mainly specific attachment) and social support (seek and perceptions) at 3 consecutive times in one summer of intensive team-work of 130 counselors.
The findings show that specific attachment is a better predictor of support processes than general attachment pattern. Specific attachment was found to be significantly associated with the support variables, while no significant associations were found between general attachment pattern and support. Also, only weak associations were found between general attachment pattern and the associated form of specific attachment. The weak association might suggest that people with a particular pattern may vary in their attachments to different people, in ways that aren’t necessarily explained by their general attachment pattern.
The research sheds light on attachment as a complex construct, with general characteristics that effect general perceptions and beliefs about the social world, and specific characteristics that effect relationship-specific behaviors and perceptions. We assume that specific attachments are created according to the unique dynamics of the dyadic attachment-patterns combination.
Limitations, practical implications, and future research are also discussed.