Study 2 dissertation
This research examines how attachment styles moderate the effect of message factors on willingness to use advice. A pilot study sought to determine various advice categories romantic partners discuss. Participants (N = 270) completed an online questionnaire. Five advice problem situation categories emerged. The main study sought to examine differences among attachment styles and advice factors and outcome, and how attachment styles moderate how message factors affect willingness to comply with advice. Participants (N = 463) read four advice messages and then rated message characteristics. Less avoidant and less anxious participants rated most of the advice factors higher than more avoidant and more anxious participants. Absence of limitations and confirmation were important advice factors for more anxious participants in increasing their willingness to comply with advice. The results integrate theory in attachment processes and advice response theory, as well as having practical implications for advice communication and romantic relationships.