A test of the investment model among asexual individuals: The moderating role of attachment orientation

Alexandra Brozowski, Hayden Connor-Kuntz, Sanaye Lewis, Sania Sinha, Jeewon Oh, Rebekka Weidmann, Jonathan R. Weaver, William J. Chopik

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Abstract

Many asexual individuals are in long-term satisfying romantic relationships. However, the contributors to relational commitment among asexual individuals have received little attention. How do investment model characteristics and attachment orientations predict relationship commitment among asexual individuals? Our study looked at a sample of 485 self-identified asexual individuals currently in a romantic relationship (Mage = 25.61, SD = 6.24; MRelationshipLength = 4.42 years, SD = 4.74). Individuals reported on Investment Model characteristics (i.e., their relationship satisfaction, investment, alternatives, and commitment) and their attachment orientations. Satisfaction, investment, and fewer alternatives were associated with greater commitment. Attachment orientations only occasionally moderated the results: for people low in anxiety, satisfaction and investment were more strongly related to commitment compared to people high in anxiety. The current study provided an extension of the Investment Model to describe romantic relationships among asexual individuals.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number912978
JournalFrontiers in Psychology
Volume13
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 16 2022
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • asexual spectrum
  • asexuality
  • attachment orientation
  • investment model
  • romantic relationships

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Psychology

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