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Adult attachment and working models of emotion

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The Self-Confrontation Method (SCM; Hermans & Hermans-Jansen, 1995) was used to examine the relationship between emotional experience and attachment style in a college student sample ( N =143). Securely attached participants were found to be significantly higher in positive affective experiences while fearful participants reported significantly less positive affect. Secure and dismissing participants reported significantly more affect directed toward self-enhancement than fearful participants. Dismissing participants reported significantly less affect directed toward connectedness with others when compared to secure, preoccupied and fearful participants. The implications of these findings for attachment theory, the utility of the SCM as a research tool and counseling are discussed.
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Keywords: Self-Confrontation Method; college students; counseling psychology

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: The University of Southern Mississippi, Gautier, Missouri, USA

Publication date: 2006-03-01

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