Adult attachment, sensory processing, and distress in healthy adults

Meredith, Pamela J., Bailey, Kirsty J., Strong, Jenny and Rappel, Georgia (2015) Adult attachment, sensory processing, and distress in healthy adults. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 70 1: . doi:10.5014/ajot.2016.017376

Author Meredith, Pamela J.
Bailey, Kirsty J.
Strong, Jenny
Rappel, Georgia
Title Adult attachment, sensory processing, and distress in healthy adults
Journal name American Journal of Occupational Therapy   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0272-9490
Publication date 2015-12-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.5014/ajot.2016.017376
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 70
Issue 1
Total pages 8
Place of publication Bethesda, United States
Publisher American Occupational Therapy Association
Language eng
Formatted abstract
OBJECTIVE. To better understand the ways in which adult attachment, sensory processing, and distress may be interrelated in healthy adults.

METHOD. A cross-sectional study design was used with a convenience sample of 116 healthy participants who completed questionnaires before participating in a cold pressor pain-inducement task.

RESULTS. Attachment anxiety was significantly positively correlated with sensory sensitivity as measured using the Highly Sensitive Persons Scale and the Sensory Profile and with distress (i.e., stress, anxiety, and depression). Associations between attachment anxiety and both sensory sensitivity variables were lost when controlling for stress. Attachment avoidance was correlated only with sensory sensitivity measured using the Sensory Profile, and this relationship was retained when controlling for stress. Neither the attachment nor the stress variables were associated with sensation seeking.

CONCLUSION. Findings suggest that developing active coping approaches to deal with sensory sensitivities may be a valuable way to minimize distress. Recommendations for future research are provided.
Keyword Anxiety
Object attachment
Sensory thresholds
Young children
Q-Index Code CX
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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