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The effects of attachment priming on depressed and anxious mood

The effects of attachment priming on depressed and anxious mood
The effects of attachment priming on depressed and anxious mood
Correlational evidence links attachment insecurity (attachment anxiety and attachment avoidance) to depression and anxiety (Carnelley, Pietromonaco, & Jaffe, 1994; Eng et al., 2001), but the causal directions of these relationships remain unspecified. Our aim (Study 1, N = 144) was to prime attachment anxiety and avoidance and test causal relationships between these attachment patterns and depressed and anxious mood. Attachment anxious-primed participants reported higher depressed mood than secure-primed participants. Furthermore, avoidant-primed and anxious-primed participants reported higher anxious mood compared to secure-primed participants. In Study 2 (N=81) we tested the effectiveness of repeatedly priming attachment security (versus a neutral prime), in the laboratory and via texts, on improving depressed and anxious mood. Secure-primed (compared to neutral-primed) participants reported less anxious mood post-prime and one day later. Repeated secure-primed (compared to neutral) participants reported marginally less depressed mood post-prime and one day later. Discussion considers possible clinical implications for repeated security priming.
attachment, depression, anxiety, priming, security
2167-7026
1-58
Carnelley, Katherine B.
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Otway, Lorna J.
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Rowe, Angela C.
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Carnelley, Katherine B.
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Otway, Lorna J.
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Rowe, Angela C.
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Carnelley, Katherine B., Otway, Lorna J. and Rowe, Angela C. (2015) The effects of attachment priming on depressed and anxious mood. Clinical Psychological Science, 1-58.

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Correlational evidence links attachment insecurity (attachment anxiety and attachment avoidance) to depression and anxiety (Carnelley, Pietromonaco, & Jaffe, 1994; Eng et al., 2001), but the causal directions of these relationships remain unspecified. Our aim (Study 1, N = 144) was to prime attachment anxiety and avoidance and test causal relationships between these attachment patterns and depressed and anxious mood. Attachment anxious-primed participants reported higher depressed mood than secure-primed participants. Furthermore, avoidant-primed and anxious-primed participants reported higher anxious mood compared to secure-primed participants. In Study 2 (N=81) we tested the effectiveness of repeatedly priming attachment security (versus a neutral prime), in the laboratory and via texts, on improving depressed and anxious mood. Secure-primed (compared to neutral-primed) participants reported less anxious mood post-prime and one day later. Repeated secure-primed (compared to neutral) participants reported marginally less depressed mood post-prime and one day later. Discussion considers possible clinical implications for repeated security priming.

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Accepted/In Press date: 9 June 2015
Keywords: attachment, depression, anxiety, priming, security

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Local EPrints ID: 378235
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/378235
ISSN: 2167-7026
PURE UUID: 48d29cbb-eba4-48e2-8770-16f5f2b73292

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Date deposited: 29 Jun 2015 12:38
Last modified: 17 Jul 2017 20:54

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