Adult Attachment and Well-Being: Dimensions of Differentiation of Self as Mediators
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This study investigated adult attachment dimensions as predictors of interpersonal forgiveness, positive emotionality, and social justice commitment through dimensions of differentiation of self. The sample consisted of 209 master’s level graduate students at a Protestant-affiliated university in the United States. Results revealed that higher attachment anxiety was associated with decreased differentiation of self and that decreased differentiation of self was then associated with lower levels of interpersonal forgiveness, positive emotionality and social justice commitment. Increased attachment avoidance was similarly associated with decreased differentiation of self, which then corresponded to lower levels of interpersonal forgiveness, positive emotionality and social justice commitment. Findings are discussed in the context of existing theory and research, and attention is given to the implications for clinical training and practice and future research.
KeywordsForgiveness Attachment Differentiation of self Well-being Social justice commitment
We would like to acknowledge Drs. John O’Regan and Raja David of the Minnesota School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University, Twin Cities, for their invaluable contribution of expertise and guidance in the conceptualization and implementation of this research.
This project was supported by a grant from the Fetzer Institute (#2266).
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The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.
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