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Katherine Carnelley

Katherine Carnelley

I conduct research in the area of personal relationships. More specifically, I examine how attachment experiences with parents and romantic partners influence how people view the self, others and relationships. My research focuses on how these models of self and others influence people's thoughts, emotions, and behaviors in romantic relationships. I also investigate widowhood and depression, examining factors that influence the variability of response to loss.

Primary Interests:

  • Close Relationships
  • Interpersonal Processes
  • Personality, Individual Differences
  • Self and Identity
  • Sexuality, Sexual Orientation

Journal Articles:

  • Alfasi, Y., Gramzow, R., & Carnelley, K. B. (2010). Adult attachment patterns and stability in esteem for romantic partners. Personality and Individual Differences, 48, 607-611.
  • Boag, E., & Carnelley, K. B. (2012). Self-reported discrimination and discriminatory behaviour: The role of attachment security. British Journal of Social Psychology, 51, 393-403.
  • Carnelley, K. B., Hepper, E., Hicks, C., & Turner, W. (2011). Perceived parental reactions to coming out, attachment, and relationship-views. Attachment and Human Development, 13, 217-236.
  • Carnelley, K. B., Israel, S., & Brennan, K. (2007). The role of attachment in influencing reactions to manipulated feedback from romantic partners. European Journal of Social Psychology, 36, 1-19.
  • Carnelley, K. B., Pietromonaco, P. R., & Jaffe, K. (1996). Attachment, caregiving, and relationship functioning in couples: Effects of self and partner. Personal Relationships, 3, 257-277.
  • Carnelley, K. B., Pietromonaco, P. R., & Jaffe, K. (1994). Depression, working models of others, and relationship functioning. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 66, 127-140.
  • Carnelley, K. B., & Rowe, A. C. (2010). Priming a sense of security: What goes through people’s minds? Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 27, 253-261.
  • Carnelley, K. B., & Rowe, A. C. (2007). Repeated priming of attachment security influences immediate and later views of self and relationships. Personal Relationships, 14, 307-320.
  • Carnelley, K. B., Wortman, C. B., Bolger, N., & Burke, C. T. (2006). The time course of grief reactions to spousal loss: Evidence from a national probability sample. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 91, 476-492..
  • Carnelley, K. B., Wortman, C. B., & Kessler, R. C. (1999). The impact of widowhood on depression: Findings from a prospective survey. Psychological Medicine, 29, 1111-1123.
  • Hepper, E., & Carnelley, K. B. (2012). The self-esteem roller coaster: Adult attachment moderates the impact of daily feedback. Personal Relationships, 19, 504-520.
  • Hepper, E. G., & Carnelley, K. B. (2010). Adult attachment and feedback seeking patterns in relationships and work. European Journal of Social Psychology, 40, 448-464.
  • Julal, F. S., & Carnelley, K. B. (2012). Attachment, perceptions of care and caregiving to romantic partners and friends. European Journal of Social Psychology, 42, 832-843.
  • Luke, M. A., Sedikides, C., & Carnelley, K. (2012). Your love lifts me higher! The energizing quality of secure relationships. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 38, 721-733.
  • Maio, G. R., Thomas, G., Fincham, F. D., & Carnelley, K. B. (2008). Unravelling the causes and consequences of forgiveness in families. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 94, 307-319.
  • Otway, L., & Carnelley, K. B. (2013). Exploring the associations between adult attachment security and self-actualization and self-transcendence. Self and Identity, 12, 217-230.
  • Otway, L., Carnelley, K. B., & Rowe, A. C. (2014). Texting “boosts” felt security. Attachment and Human Development, 16, 93-101.
  • Rowe, A. C., & Carnelley, K. B. (2005). Preliminary support for the use of a hierarchical mapping technique to examine attachment networks. Personal Relationships, 12, 499-519.
  • Rowe, A. C., & Carnelley, K. B. (2003). Attachment style differences in the processing of attachment-relevant information: Primed-style effects on recall, interpersonal expectations, and affect. Personal Relationships, 10, 59-76.
  • Rowe, A. C., Carnelley, K. B., Harwood, J., Micklewright, D., Russouw, L., Rennie, C. L., & Liossi, C. (2012). The effect of attachment orientation priming on pain sensitivity in pain-free individuals. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 29, 488-507.

Courses Taught:

  • Attachment and Personal Relationships
  • Social Psychology

Katherine Carnelley
University of Southampton
Psychology Department
Highfield Campus
Southampton SO17 1BJ
United Kingdom

  • Phone: 023 80593004
  • Fax: 023 80594597

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