Intimate relationships of the intellectually gifted: Attachment style, conflict style and relationship satisfaction among members of the Mensa society

Dijkstra, P., Barelds, D. P. H., Ronner, S. & Nauta, A. P., 2017, In : Marriage & Family Review. 53, 3, p. 262-280

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To date relatively little is known about the intimate relationships of the intellectually gifted and the way they attach themselves to and handle conflicts with their intimate partner. The present study examined these issues by examining the relationship between attachment styles, conflict styles, and relationship quality in a sample of 196 adult members of the Mensa society. These results were compared with findings from a general community sample (n = 145). Results showed that, overall, Mensa members showed similar levels of relationship quality compared with the control sample but also tended to deal less constructively with conflicts and reported higher levels of fearful attachment. Analyses showed that the relations between relationship quality, conflict styles, and attachment were comparable in the two samples, with the exception of the role of fearful attachment in the relationship. Conflict styles mediated the relations between attachment and relationship quality in both samples. Results are discussed in light of the scarce knowledge on the intimate relationships of the gifted.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)262-280
JournalMarriage & Family Review
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2017

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