Adult attachment and Mindfulness: Examining directionality, causality, and theoretical implications

Stevenson, J. C, Millings, A., Emerson, L-M. , Sirois, F. and Rowe, A. C. (2021) Adult attachment and Mindfulness: Examining directionality, causality, and theoretical implications. Journal of Research in Personality, 90 . p. 104043. ISSN 0092-6566

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Abstract

We present two studies that together provide preliminary evidence to challenge the view that the relationship between adult attachment and mindfulness is bi-directional (Study 1: repeated measures design and Study 2: a repeated measures study examining the efficacy of attachment security priming and a mindfulness induction). Adult attachment anxiety emerged as a significant predictor of some facets of mindfulness, over time, but the reverse was not true. Priming attachment security increased state mindfulness of mind to a greater degree than a mindfulness induction or control. These findings challenge previous research suggesting that the relationship between adult attachment and mindfulness is bi-directional, suggesting that attachment orientation plays a causal role in the development of mindfulness.

Keywords:Adult attachment, Disorganized attachment, Mindfulness, Mindfulness induction, Priming
Subjects:C Biological Sciences > C800 Psychology
C Biological Sciences > C880 Social Psychology
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Psychology
ID Code:43081
Deposited On:04 Mar 2021 14:54

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