The moderation effect of secure attachment on the relationship between positive events and wellbeing

Spence, Ruth ORCID logoORCID:, Kagan, Lisa, Nunn, Stephen ORCID logoORCID:, Bailey-Rodriguez, Deborah ORCID logoORCID:, Fisher, Helen L., Hosang, Georgina M. and Bifulco, Antonia ORCID logoORCID: (2022) The moderation effect of secure attachment on the relationship between positive events and wellbeing. PsyCh Journal, 11 (4) . pp. 541-549. ISSN 2046-0260 [Article] (doi:10.1002/pchj.546)

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Positive events can reduce depression as well as enhance wellbeing. The role of secure attachment style in moderating the relationship between positive events and wellbeing is examined to further understand wellbeing models. Participants (n = 490) included two midlife groups and a student group from the UK. They completed the online Computerised Life Event Assessment Record (CLEAR), a measure of life events, the Vulnerable Attachment Style Questionnaire (VASQ) and the Warwick Emotional Wellbeing Scale (WEMWBS). Age was associated with higher rates of wellbeing and secure attachment style. A significant relationship was found between number of positive events and wellbeing, number of people close, and secure attachment score. Hierarchical multiple regression indicated a significant interaction between secure attachment style, number of positive life events and wellbeing. Simple slopes analysis demonstrated the association between positive life events and wellbeing was significant for secure attachment (B = 1.27, p = .003) but not insecure attachment (B = .04, n.s.). This suggests securely attached individuals are better able to take advantage of positive life events than insecurely attached individuals and experience a greater increase in wellbeing.

Item Type: Article
Research Areas: A. > School of Science and Technology > Psychology > Centre for Abuse and Trauma Studies (CATS)
Item ID: 34846
Notes on copyright: © 2022 The Authors. PsyCh Journal published by Institute of Psychology, Chinese Academy of Sciences and John Wiley & Sons Australia, Ltd.
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Date Deposited: 09 Mar 2022 17:19
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