Facets of mindfulness mediate the relationship between attachment orientation and emotion regulation in university students

STEVENSON, Jodie C., EMERSON, Lisa Marie, MCKINNON, Kathleen and MILLINGS, Abigail (2022). Facets of mindfulness mediate the relationship between attachment orientation and emotion regulation in university students. Psychological Reports.

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    Abstract

    Whilst both mindfulness and adult attachment have been linked to wellbeing, little is known about how these constructs relate to emotion regulation that can underpin wellbeing. The present study examined the association between adult attachment orientation and emotion regulation (strategies and difficulties) and the mediating role of facets of dispositional mindfulness. A sample of 301 university students (Mage = 23.08, SD = 8.08; 74.75% female) completed measures of adult attachment, emotion regulation, difficulties in emotion regulation, and dispositional mindfulness. Parallel multiple mediation analyses indicated that the act with awareness and non-judging facets of mindfulness repeatedly emerged as significant mediators in the positive associations between the dimensions of attachment insecurity (anxiety, avoidance, and disorganized) and maladaptive emotion regulation strategies and difficulties in emotion regulation. Those individuals exhibiting greater attachment insecurity employ maladaptive emotion regulation strategies and display difficulties in emotion regulation via mindfulness deficits. The present findings extend our current understanding of the role of dispositional mindfulness in the associations between adult attachment orientation and varying aspects of the emotion regulation process.

    Item Type: Article
    Uncontrolled Keywords: 1701 Psychology; 1702 Cognitive Sciences; Social Psychology
    Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1177/00332941221119409
    SWORD Depositor: Symplectic Elements
    Depositing User: Symplectic Elements
    Date Deposited: 15 Aug 2022 16:19
    Last Modified: 23 Aug 2022 09:00
    URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/30575

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