The Relationship of attachment to resilience and their impact on perceived stress

Patricia Marriner, Jon-Paul Cacioli, Kathleen Moore

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    Early attachment relationships are important. as the bonds made with significant others in childhood affect the emotional and physical health of individuals throughout life. The aim of this study was to explore how early Attachment relationships relate lo levels of Resilience, and how these are related to levels of perceived stress and use of coping strategies. It was hypothesised that individuals with a secure attachment style would relate to higher levels of Resilience, and these variables in tum would correlate positively with proactive coping strategies and negatively with perceived stress. A cross-sectional sample of 196 volunteers (J 6 males, age M= 38.63 years, SD = I 5.56 and 180 females, age M = 32. 74 years, SD = 9.98) completed an on line questionnaire assessing Attachment style, Resilience, perceived Stress, and coping styles. The results indicated a secure attachment style correlated with Resilience (r = .55). Both Secure attachment and Resilience correlated with 1,rreater use of proactive coping strategies (r ≥.24), and negatively with ratings of stress (r = -.20 and -.53, respectively). An exploratory analysis failed to support Resilience as a mediator of Attachment on Stress. Directions for future studies and implications of the findings are also discussed.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationStress and Anxiety
    Subtitle of host publicationApplications to Social and Environmental Threats, Psychological Well-Being, Occupational Challenges, and Developmental Psychology
    Place of PublicationBerlin, Germany
    PublisherLogos Verlag
    Number of pages9
    ISBN (Print)978-3-8325-3720-3
    Publication statusPublished - 2014


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