- Valérie Lambert, Yvan Lussier, Stéphane Sabourin, John Wright
- Published Online:
- 27 Sep 2007
- Volume/Issue No:
- Volume 30 Issue 1
Attachement, solitude et détresse psychologique chez des jeunes adultes
The aim of this study was to investigate the nature of relationships between attachment style, loneliness and psychological distress. The sample consisted of 407 college students (average age = 18 years) who completed two measures of attachment, the UCLA Loneliness Scale, and the Psychiatric Symptoms Index. Results revealed that individuals who reported a secure attachment style obtained lower scores of loneliness and psychological distress (depression, anxiety, aggressiveness, and cognitive problems) than the anxious/ambivalent subjects. They also reported less symptoms of depression than avoidant individuals. Subjects in the anxious/ambivalent style were more depressed, anxious, and aggressive compared to avoidant subjects. However, no significant difference appeared between anxious/ambivalent and avoidant subjects on cognitive problems and loneliness. Furthermore, anxious/ambivalent subjects described themselves as more depressive, anxious, and aggressive than avoidant subjects. Multiple regression analyses showed that loneliness played a moderator function in the relationship between insecure attachment index and cognitive problems, whereas it played a mediator function in the association between secure attachment, depression, and anxiety.
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