Descriptive statistics for both the ACOA and ACONA groups were calculated and preliminary analyses were conducted to examine possible differences between ACOAs and ACONAs on selected demographic variables.
The results showed that need for control, attachment style, and relationship satisfaction were significantly correlated across the board for both the ACOA and the ACONA groups (see Table 1).
It is interesting to note that while ACOAs reported being more insecurely attached than their ACONA counterparts, the mean difference between the two groups was not statistically significant.
While the collection of data for the ACONA (control) group allowed for randomization of participants, the difficulty in obtaining a sufficient number of ACOA participants did not permit such a procedure.
This study was designed to explore possible differences among ACOAs and ACONAs in reported need for control, in attachment style, and in satisfaction with relationships in order to investigate the possibility that attachment style affects need for control and relationship satisfaction in ACOAs.
In conjunction with previous research on the ASQ and given our hypothesis that ACOAs would report being more insecurely attached than ACONAs, the data were analyzed based on the two primary (secure/insecure) factors of the ASQ.
A MANOVA was used to investigate possible differences between ACOAs and ACONAs on the variables of need for control, attachment style, and relationship satisfaction.