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Attachment bonding and the receipt of care in the face of chronic illness

Cole, Sian F. and Karantzas, Gery 2007, Attachment bonding and the receipt of care in the face of chronic illness, in Generations of relationships and relationships across generations : conference proceedings : the combined 7th Annual Conference of the Australian Psychological Society's Psychology of Relationships Interest Group and International Association for Relationship Research Mini-Conference, Australian Psychological Society, Melbourne, Vic., pp. 25-33.

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Title Attachment bonding and the receipt of care in the face of chronic illness
Author(s) Cole, Sian F.
Karantzas, Gery
Conference name Australian Psychological Society. Psychology of Relationships Interest Group. Conference (7th : 2007 : Melbourne, Vic.)
Conference location Melbourne, Victoria
Conference dates 10-11 November 2007
Title of proceedings Generations of relationships and relationships across generations : conference proceedings : the combined 7th Annual Conference of the Australian Psychological Society's Psychology of Relationships Interest Group and International Association for Relationship Research Mini-Conference
Editor(s) Pearce, Zoe
Publication date 2007
Conference series Australian Psychological Society Psychology of Relationships Interest Group Conference
Start page 25
End page 33
Publisher Australian Psychological Society
Place of publication Melbourne, Vic.
Summary The relationship between social support and the mental health outcomes of chronic illness sufferers is regarded as complex with inconsistent findings across studies. More recently, researchers have argued that that these inconsistencies may be explained by attachment theory. In this preliminary study, we explored how attachment bonds with three distinct attachment figures – parents, best friends and romantic partners influenced arthritic young adults’ seeking of care. Forty-one arthritis sufferers aged between 18 and 33 years were administered an online questionnaire which included measures of attachment and the receipt of emotional and instrumental care. Significant differences were found in young adults’ attachment avoidance and anxiety ratings, and seeking of instrumental care across parents, best friends and romantic partners. These differences were associated with differences in the frequency and type of care received by young arthritis sufferers across the three attachment figures. Furthermore, arthritis severity was associated with the receipt of care from attachment figures however this relationship was partially mediated by attachment anxiety.
Notes Paper on page 31 of linked pdf file.
ISBN 0909881340
9780909881344
Language eng
Field of Research 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
Socio Economic Objective 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
HERDC Research category E1 Full written paper - refereed
Copyright notice ©2007 The authors
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30008063

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