Adult attachment, intimacy and psychological distress in a clinical and community sample.
Source: Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy 12(6):455-464.
Abstract: The purpose of the study was to examine the role of intimacy in the current romantic relationship as a possible mediator of the relationship between adult attachment and psychological distress in a clinical and a community sample. The results suggested that attachment security was positively, whereas attachment insecurity was negatively related to intimacy in the current romantic relationship. Attachment security was also negatively related to loneliness and depression was was positvely related to life satisfaction. Analuysis also revealed that intimacy in the current relationship only partially mediated the relationship between attachment and psychological distress. (CIRRIE Abstract)
Institution: Deparment of Clinical and Developmental Psychology, University of Groningen, Grote Kruisstraat 2/1, 9712 TS Groningen, Netherlands