The factorial structure of a combined set of items about adult attachment orientation and depressive personality vul-nerabilities was examined. By employing exploratory and confirmatory factor analysis in two nonclinical samples (N = 661, N = 528), a six-factor model emerged covering three higher-order dimensions: (I) attachment anxiety (concern what others think, pleasing and dependency/difficulty with being alone); (II) attachment avoidance (avoidance of intimacy and lack of trust); and (III) need for control/independence. These (sub)factors portray the interpersonal problems of the insecure attachment prototypes, as well as the anaclitic and introjective depressive personality proto-types. Path analysis showed that two anxiety-sociotropy subscales (concern and pleasing) and two avoidance-autonomy subscales (distrust and control) emerged as significant predictors of BDI depression. Notably, close in-spection of the six-factor model challenges the original composition of several subscales of the two questionnaires involved.
|Number of pages||13|
|Journal||International Journal of Personality Psychology|
|Publication status||Published - 23 Dec 2016|
Van Geel, R., Houtmans, T., Verboon, P., & Laumen, T. (2016). Integrating adult attachment scales and vulnerability factors in depression. International Journal of Personality Psychology, 2(1), 51-63. https://ijpp.rug.nl/article/view/25417