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Attachment and exploration in adulthood: the mediating effect of social support

Wu, Chia-Huei and Yang, Cheng-Ta (2012) Attachment and exploration in adulthood: the mediating effect of social support. International Journal of Psychology, 47 (5). pp. 345-354. ISSN 0020-7594

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Identification Number: 10.1080/00207594.2012.658402

Abstract

Research examining the relationship between adult attachment styles and exploratory behavior has shown that anxious and avoidant attachment styles are negatively related to exploration. However, little research has been conducted on the mediation process between adult attachment styles and exploration. Given that perceived social support has been shown to be the basis for secure attachment and may be related to exploration behavior, the current study examines whether perceived social support mediates the relationship between adult attachment and exploration. University students in Taiwan (N = 168) completed questionnaires that assessed attachment styles; perceived social support from their father, mother, and best friend; and their intellectual, social, and environmental exploration. Our results revealed that perceived social support mediates the relationship between avoidant attachment and exploration behavior.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://www.tandfonline.com/loi/pijp20#.Ug3_ntXe7To
Additional Information: © 2012 International Union of Psychological Science
Divisions: Management
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Sets: Departments > Management
Date Deposited: 06 Sep 2013 09:21
Last Modified: 20 Mar 2019 02:07
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/51708

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