Individual Differences in Adult Crying: the Role of Attachment Styles

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Abstract:

We carried out 2 studies to evaluate the relationship between attachment style and crying in adults. Data were collected from 2 independent large samples, measuring as 2 different operationalizations crying in general and in response to music. The results in both studies showed a consistent pattern. As anticipated, the group with a dismissive attachment style cried less than the other groups, and the preoccupied attachment style group cried more intensely than the secure group. The preoccupied and fearful attachment style groups reported the most negative emotions while crying, whereas the secure group reported more crying over positive emotions. These results show that attachment style is a determinant of adult crying behavior.

Keywords: ADULT CRYING; ATTACHMENT STYLE; EMOTIONS; MUSIC

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.2224/sbp.2012.40.3.453

Publication date: April 1, 2012

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