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The influence of adult attachment on symptom reporting: Testing a mediational model in a sample of the general population

Armitage, C.J. and Harris, P.R. (2006) The influence of adult attachment on symptom reporting: Testing a mediational model in a sample of the general population. Psychology and Health, 21 (3). pp. 351-366. ISSN 0887-0446

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Abstract

Research has demonstrated that adult attachment style affects symptom reporting, yet relatively little is known about the variables that mediate this relationship. Participants (N = 202) completed a series of measures designed to tap psychosocial variables associated with both attachment style and symptom reporting, namely, social support, self-esteem, positive affect, negative affect, and emotional expressivity. As predicted, people with secure attachment styles differed significantly from those with insecure attachment styles (i.e., avoidant and anxious/ambivalent) on all dependent variables. Negative affect was the principal mediator of the effects of secure, avoidant, and anxious/ambivalent attachment styles on symptom reporting. The discussion focuses on the practical and theoretical implications of this work, and in particular on the role of negative affect on symptom reporting.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: adult attachment; symptom reporting; negative affect; positive affect; self-esteem; social support
Academic Units: The University of Sheffield > Faculty of Science (Sheffield) > Department of Psychology (Sheffield)
Depositing User: Miss Anthea Tucker
Date Deposited: 19 Oct 2009 09:28
Last Modified: 19 Oct 2009 09:28
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14768320500223479
Status: Published
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Identification Number: 10.1080/14768320500223479
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/9847

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