An integrative approach to attachment, attributions and coping: Test of a mediational model

Ramos, Norman (2013). An integrative approach to attachment, attributions and coping: Test of a mediational model Honours Thesis, School of Psychology, The University of Queensland.

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Author Ramos, Norman
Thesis Title An integrative approach to attachment, attributions and coping: Test of a mediational model
School, Centre or Institute School of Psychology
Institution The University of Queensland
Publication date 2013-10-09
Thesis type Honours Thesis
Supervisor Judith Feeney
Total pages 100
Language eng
Subjects 1701 Psychology
Abstract/Summary Guided by attachment theory, this study investigated the mediating role of attributions in the association between attachment orientations and coping strategies used in response to couple conflict. Additionally, it examined whether relationship quality and relationship length moderate the associations between attachment insecurity (as assessed by the dimensions of attachment anxiety and attachment avoidance) and coping strategies. Adults involved in romantic relationships (N = 349) completed an online survey that included a series of selfreport questionnaires, some of which were answered in relation to a standardised vignette portraying a hypothetical partner transgression. These questionnaires assessed participants’ attachment orientations; attributions (responsibility and causal) for the hypothetical behaviour; global perceptions of relationship quality; and coping behaviours (hyperactivation, deactivation and constructive coping). Hypotheses relating to the proposed mediation models were partially supported. Regression analyses revealed that attachment anxiety positively predicted both causal and responsibility attributions, but attachment avoidance did not. Further, attachment anxiety positively predicted hyperactivation; whereas attachment avoidance was associated positively with deactivation, and negatively with constructive coping. After controlling for the mediators in all the proposed models, there was only one instance of partial mediation; specifically, an indirect effect of attachment anxiety on hyperactivation via causal attributions. Contrary to predictions, relationship quality did not moderate the association between attachment insecurities and coping, but relationship length did. Finally, attachment anxiety was a more consistent predictor of maladaptive conflict behaviours than attachment avoidance. As such, findings may guide intervention by providing insight into different mechanisms that influence conflict behaviours.
Keyword integrative approach
meditational model

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