Predicting friendship quality with rejection sensitivity and attachment security

Ayça Özen, Nebi Sümer, Melikşah Demir

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We examined the interplay between friends' rejection sensitivity (RS) and attachment security in predicting friendship quality. Three competing hypotheses were tested concerning friendship quality, the unique effects of attachment anxiety, avoidance, and RS, as well as the moderating and mediating effects of RS. Results from emerging adults in Turkey (N = 407) revealed that unlike attachment anxiety and avoidance, RS had neither a unique nor a mediated effect on friendship quality. However, RS moderated the effect of attachment avoidance on friendship quality. These findings' implications are discussed considering the role of RS in the link between attachment security and friendship quality.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)163-181
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Social and Personal Relationships
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 2011


  • attachment anxiety
  • avoidance
  • friendship quality
  • rejection sensitivity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Communication
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science


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