Science University Research Symposium (SURS)

Publication Date



Sciences and Mathematics, College of


Psychological Science, Department of

SURS Faculty Advisor

Adam Smiley, P.h.D

Presentation Type

Poster Presentation


Existing research indicates that social functioning (i.e., emotional motives, social interaction, relationships, interpersonal goals) is associated with personal attachment style (Locke, 2008) and avoidance in emerging adults. Furthermore, attachment styles of individuals can predict daily activities and personal motives (Springstein et al., 2023). While evidence has pointed to interpersonal risk (i.e., physiological safety versus threat) and a sense of security, research has yet to explore these variables in the relationship between attachment styles and helping other individuals in social settings in university students. For our research, we wanted to expand on this past research and test the effects of daily activities and how people perceive these based on their attachment styles. We hypothesized that participants who have an anxious or avoidant attachment style will be less likely to help in perceptive daily social situations than those who have a secure attachment style. The participant sample are 46 introductory psychology students who participated for class credit in SONA. Participants were asked to complete a questionnaire of 10 hypothetical situations of daily activities demonstrated through prosocial Qualtrics. Afterwards, participants were to take an online attachment style questionnaire consisting of 24 questions that will conclude their attachment styles based on research of attachment styles positively influencing external relationships (Natisse et. al. 2022). We found that...



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