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"This study was conducted to examine the possible relationships between individuals experiencing the imposter phenomenon and their attachment styles within intimate relationships. The hypothesis was that individuals who score high on the Clance Imposter Phenomenon (IP) Scale (Clance, 1985) would perceive their relationship as less stable and that they were unworthy of their partner. Individuals who score high on the Clance IP Scale would also show an insecure attachment style. The sample population consisted of Eastern Washington University students who filled out several questionnaires that pertain to the imposter phenomenon, attachment styles, and relationship experiences. Results suggested that individuals with a fearful or preoccupied attachment style have experienced more fear of rejection, and abandonment, in intimate relationships than individuals who have a secure or dismissive attachment style. It was also found that individuals who have a preoccupied or fearful attachment endorse the imposter syndrome more than individuals who have a secure or dismissive attachment style. This suggests that individuals with an insecure attachment style endorse feelings of the imposter phenomenon and also have also experienced more fear of rejection, or abandonment, in intimate relationships, thus feeling unstable and possibly unworthy"--Leaf iv.
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Alvarado, Chante, "I'm not all that: a look at the imposter phenomenon in intimate relationships" (2015). EWU Masters Thesis Collection. Paper 277.