Ariel Levesque '12, a psychology major from South Kent will have her research methods project manuscript, "Influences of Family of Origin and Relationship Closeness on Romantic Attachment Security," published in the "Psi Chi Journal of Psychological Research. Levesque considers the writing project a tremendous learning experience.
"My project allowed me to apply what I was learning from the classroom in a meaningful way. When I received the email saying that the "Psi Chi Journal of Psychological Research" had accepted my manuscript, a huge wave of excitement and accomplishment ran through my body. I had done it! Even if I didn't get accepted into the journal, I would still be proud of how far I went."
The results of Leveque's research showed that family autonomy, defined as the family's ability to help develop one's individual identity, influences young adult attachment security in romantic relationships. In other words, individuals who are securely attached to their romantic partners had high levels of personal identity.