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Attachment, personality, and psychopathology among adult inpatients: self-reported romantic attachment style versus Adult Attachment Interview states of mind.
Dev Psychopathol 2007; 19(1):263-91DP

Abstract

The present study examined self-reported romantic attachment style and Adult Attachment Interview (AAI) states of mind regarding early attachment relationships, personality dimensions, and psychopathology in a psychiatric sample of trauma survivors. Inpatients (N = 80) admitted to a hospital trauma treatment program were administered the Experiences in Close Relationships Scale, AAI, Millon Clinical Multiaxial Inventory-III, Dissociative Experiences Scale, and Dissociative Disorder Interview Schedule. Self-report and AAI attachment classifications were not related, and different results emerged for the two measures. Self-reported romantic attachment style was significantly associated with personality dimensions, with fearful adults showing the most maladaptive personality profiles. Findings suggested that self-report dimensions of self and other independently contribute to different forms of psychological dysfunction. AAI unresolved trauma was uniquely associated with dissociation and posttraumatic stress disorder, whereas unresolved trauma and unresolved loss jointly contributed to schizotypal and borderline personality disorder scores. The differences in findings between the two measures are discussed with a view toward the developmental and clinical implications.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of Psychology, University of North Texas, P.O. Box 311280, Denton, TX 76203-1280, USA. riggs@unt.eduNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

Language

eng

PubMed ID

17241494

Citation

Riggs, Shelley A., et al. "Attachment, Personality, and Psychopathology Among Adult Inpatients: Self-reported Romantic Attachment Style Versus Adult Attachment Interview States of Mind." Development and Psychopathology, vol. 19, no. 1, 2007, pp. 263-91.
Riggs SA, Paulson A, Tunnell E, et al. Attachment, personality, and psychopathology among adult inpatients: self-reported romantic attachment style versus Adult Attachment Interview states of mind. Dev Psychopathol. 2007;19(1):263-91.
Riggs, S. A., Paulson, A., Tunnell, E., Sahl, G., Atkison, H., & Ross, C. A. (2007). Attachment, personality, and psychopathology among adult inpatients: self-reported romantic attachment style versus Adult Attachment Interview states of mind. Development and Psychopathology, 19(1), pp. 263-91.
Riggs SA, et al. Attachment, Personality, and Psychopathology Among Adult Inpatients: Self-reported Romantic Attachment Style Versus Adult Attachment Interview States of Mind. Dev Psychopathol. 2007;19(1):263-91. PubMed PMID: 17241494.
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