Boyacioglu, I. (2014). Examination of the Differences in the Content Features of Self-Defining Memories due to Attachment Styles.

Abstract

According to the Attachment Theory, one of primary theories about personality development, as a result of the nature of the early interactions between the child and his/her caregiver, the child develops mental representations for himself/herself and the others and these representations influence affective, cognitive and social processes in the adulthood (see Hazan ve Shaver, 1994; Mikulincer ve Shaver, 2005). Although very recently, the effect of the attachment dimensions on cognitive processes have became an attractive research subject. The present research aims to contribute to the research on the relationship between the attachment behavioral system and autobiographical memory.

The present study is a large scale study aiming at examining the differences in the content features of self-defining memories due to attachment styles. The present study will follow a similar procedure to a previous research conducted by Boyacioglu (2010) in Britain. A radio program will be performed on a national radio channel and the project will be shortly introduced and audiences will be invited to participate in a web-based survey including an attachment questionnaire and a writing session for self-defining memory. The variations in the content of the memories collected from the participants will be analyzed in terms of linguistic, cognitive, affective, social, and perceptual words and expressions. The content analysis will be performed using Linguistic Inquiry and Word Count program developed by Pennebaker, Francis, and Booth (2001) and adapted to Turkish by Muderrisoglu (2012).