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Publication Date

Spring 2016

Degree Type

Thesis - Campus Access Only

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)




Altovise Rogers


attachment style, insecured attachment, moderator, preoccupied attachment, psychological contract breach, psychological contract violation

Subject Areas



The purpose of the present study was to investigate moderating the power of adult attachment style on the psychological contract breach and psychological contract violation relationship. A total of 95 part-time and full-time employees participated in this study. Survey data was collected from college students and the general public and analyzed to determine whether individuals with different attachment styles experience different degrees of psychological contract violation after perceiving a psychological contract breach. This hypothesis was supported. There was a significant interaction between breach and attachment style. Employees who possessed an insecure attachment style (i.e., preoccupied, dismissive or fearful attachment) were more likely to develop feelings of violation after perceiving a breach when compared to securely attached employees. These findings suggest that adult attachment style affects how employees deal with a hardship in the workplace, and that organizations can develop interventions to minimize the negative effects that these hardships have on the organization and on employees.