Attachment Styles and Mate-Retention: Exploring the Mediating Role of Relationship Satisfaction

Bruna S. Nascimento, Anthony C. Little, Renan P. Monteiro, Paul H.P. Hanel, Katia C. Vione

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This study investigated whether relationship satisfaction mediates the association between attachment styles and mate-retention strategies. Four-hundred and twenty individuals in a heterosexual committed relationship participated in this study (79.7% women; Mage = 23.22, SDage = 8.07). Participants completed questionnaires assessing attachment styles, relationship satisfaction, and mate-retention strategies. The results replicated previous findings by showing that insecure attachment is positively associated with benefitprovisioning and cost-inflicting mate-retention strategies and extended previous research by showing that relationship satisfaction mediates these associations. The present findings confirm evolutionary predictions on romantic relationships that relationship satisfaction may serve as a monitor determining how individuals act to preserve their relationships.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)362–370
JournalEvolutionary Behavioral Sciences
Issue number4
Early online date2 Sep 2021
Publication statusPublished - 31 Oct 2022


  • Attachment styles
  • Mate retention
  • Relationship satisfaction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology


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