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Title: An Examination of Clients' Attachment Styles, Affect Regulation, and Outcome in the Treatment of Depression
Authors: Rodrigues, Aline
Advisor: Watson, Jeanne
Department: Adult Education and Counselling Psychology
Keywords: adult attachment
affect regulation
psychotherapy outcome
depression
Issue Date: 1-Jan-2011
Abstract: This study investigated the relationships among attachment styles, affect regulation, and outcome in a clinical sample receiving treatment for depression. Sixty-six clients completed questionnaire measures of adult attachment, dysfunctional attitudes, interpersonal problems, self-esteem, and depression. Clients’ levels of affect regulation were assessed with an observer-rated measure of affect regulation. The study’s purpose was to extend previous research by examining the relationship between adult attachment and affect regulation within a clinical context. Results indicated significant and positive associations between clients’ attachment security and their levels of affect regulation at early and late stages of psychotherapy. Late modulation of expression and arousal were found to mediate the relationship between pre-treatment attachment insecurity and outcome. Pre-treatment attachment avoidance, characterized by high discomfort with closeness, had a direct relationship with depressive symptoms not mediated by the cognitive-affective processes of affect regulation. Implications of present findings for the treatment of depression are discussed.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/25673
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