Attachment as a mediator between childhood emotional maltreatment and adulthood regulation in positive emotion

Jingya Yuan

Research output: ThesisMaster's Thesis

Abstract

Childhood emotional maltreatment is associated with individual differences in adulthood attachment and regulation of positive emotion. The current study investigated attachment insecurity as a mediator of the relationship between childhood emotional maltreatment and the regulation in positive emotion. 254 respondents completed an online survey measuring parental emotional rearing behaviours in childhood, adulthood attachment insecurity and the regulation of positive emotional experiences. Mediation analyses revealed that attachment insecurity mediated the relationship between childhood emotional maltreatment and dysregulation in positive emotion. For instance, avoidance partially mediated the relationship between father’s emotional warmth and savouring and anxiety fully mediated the relationship between mother’s rejection and dampening. The findings suggest adult insecure patterns in romantic relationship can explain the impact of childhood emotional maltreatment on difficulties in regulating positive emotion.
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • University of Edinburgh
Supervisors/Advisors
  • Goodall, Karen, Supervisor
Publication statusPublished - 2016

Keywords

  • childhood emotional maltreatment
  • adult attachment
  • emotion regulation
  • positive emotion
  • mediation

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