Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://hdl.handle.net/1959.11/51961
Title: Adult attachment, worry and reassurance seeking: Investigating the role of intolerance of uncertainty
Contributor(s): Clark, Gavin  (author); Rock, Adam  (author)orcid ; Clark, Laura H  (author); Murray-Lyon, Kerrin  (author)
Publication Date: 2020
Open Access: Yes
DOI: 10.1111/cp.12218
Handle Link: https://hdl.handle.net/1959.11/51961
Abstract: 

Background: The adult attachment dimension of attachment anxiety has been demonstrated to be associated with a variety of anxiety symptomology, including worry, intolerance of uncertainty (IU) and reassurance seeking. A variety of research has indicated that IU is associated with level of worry and reassurance seeking. The relationships between attachment anxiety, worry, IU and threat-related reassurance seeking have not been subject to investigation. The present article reports the results of an investigation of these variables within a community sample.

Methods: Three-hundred and twenty-eight participants were recruited to complete an online survey in which participants completed the Intolerance of Uncertainty Scale, the Experiences in Close Relationships Scale-Revised, the Penn State Worry Questionnaire and the Threat-related Reassurance Seeking Scale.

Results:Attachment anxiety, IU and worry were correlated with threat-related reassurance seeking. Consistent with previous research, IU was found to mediate the relationship between attachment anxiety and worry. IU and worry were found to be serial-multiple mediators in the relationship between attachment anxiety and threat-related reassurance seeking.

Conclusions:The results of the study suggest IU is likely to play a key role in the relationship between attachment anxiety and worry, as well as the relationship between attachment anxiety and threat-related reassurance seeking.

Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Clinical Psychologist, 24(3), p. 294-305
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Place of Publication: United Kingdom
ISSN: 1742-9552
1328-4207
Fields of Research (FoR) 2020: 520301 Clinical neuropsychology
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2020: 280121 Expanding knowledge in psychology
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
Appears in Collections:Journal Article
School of Psychology

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