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Relational self-efficacy are individuals’ perceptions of their ability to maintain a relationship, which past research has shown to be a predictor of relational outcomes. The current study investigated the influences of attachment and shyness on relational selfefficacy in emerging adults. It was hypothesized that insecure dimensions of attachment and high shyness would negatively affect relational self-efficacy, while secure dimensions of attachment would positively affect it. One-hundred eighteen college students were recruited to complete an online survey which included the Relationship Self-Efficacy Scale, Adult Attachment Scale, and Shyness Scale, along with demographic questions and several exploratory questions regarding relational outcomes. It was found that a regression model containing shyness and three dimensions of attachment significantly predicted relational self-efficacy but that only one attachment dimension individually predicted a significant amount of unique variance. The same model was also found to predict relationship satisfaction but no other relational outcomes such as satisfaction with dating frequency or length of longest relationship. Implications for college counseling and future research were discussed.

Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Arts


Department of Psychology

First Advisor

Seong-in Choi

Date Original


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