Attachment styles often reveal what individuals personally value within themselves and others. In this study, that idea was explored through the attachment styles, restrictiveness of marriage views, and sense of identity through the condition of marital status (whether in a relationship or not) of 106 unmarried undergraduate students from La Salle University. It was hypothesized that marital status would moderate the variance in the restriction of marriage views due to attachment style (secure, preoccupied, dismissing, or fearful), and that marital status would also moderate the differences in attachment styles accounted for by identity. The results showed that the variance in certain marriage views (cohabitation, “love is enough,” “one and only,” were accounted for by attachment style and marital status, but that differences in attachment styles were not accounted for by identity through the moderation of marital status. However, the variance in each of the attachment styles were either accounted for by either marital status or identity.
Rodriguez, Marleny and Montague, Diana, "Attachment, Marriage Beliefs, and Sense of Identity among Unmarried College Students" (2017). Undergraduate Research. 21.