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ISSN : 2233-6710(Print)
ISSN : 2384-2121(Online)
Journal of Asia Pacific Counseling Vol.3 No.1 pp.99-110

The Effect of Exploration of Attachment Figure on the Perception of Interpersonal Relationships

Soeun Park, Changdai Kim

Samsung Electronics
Seoul National University
Received November 20, 2012, Accepted February 19, 2013


This study focused on the exploration of experiences disproving clients' negative interpersonal representations. The sense ofattachment security from attachment figure is chosen as such corrective experience. In the study, 163 college studentsperformed Experiences in Close Relationships Scale-Revised-Korean version, the interpersonal relationship network task, andthe tasks for exploring the attachment figure. The results demonstrated that the exploration of attachment figure have a positiveinfluence on the perception of interpersonal relationships. Specifically, groups that explored their attachment figure perceivedother's favorable attitude toward themselves and their favorable attitude toward others more highly. Also, the exploration ofattachment figure was more effective for insecure attachment. The findings suggested that the perceptions of interpersonalrelationships can be yielded positively by exploring attachment figure. Evidence of usefulness of such intervention inpsychological counseling was discussed.