Emotional and Sexual Maltreatment: Anxious Attachment Mediates Psychological Adjustment
The role of attachment as a possible mediator of adjustment differences was examined in two samples of college students who had experienced childhood maltreatment before age 15. although both emotionally and sexually maltreated samples had elevated scores on self-report measures of anxious and avoidant attachment compared to demographically-yoked controls, only anxious attachment mediated deficits in psychological adjustment. Discussion focuses on the possible differential consequences of anxious versus avoidant adult attachment; the implications of partial mediation for the emotionally maltreated sample; and evidence that maltreated samples may utilize coping strategies that range from those that are generally positive or adaptive to those that are sometimes negative or maladaptive.
Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology
Showers, C. J.,
(2010). Emotional and Sexual Maltreatment: Anxious Attachment Mediates Psychological Adjustment. Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, 29(3), 347-367.
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