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Autobiographical Memory Phenomenology and Content Mediate Attachment Style and Psychological Distress

Title: Autobiographical Memory Phenomenology and Content Mediate Attachment Style and Psychological Distress.
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Name(s): Sutin, Angelina, author
Gillath, Omri, author
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: serial
Date Issued: 2009
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: In two studies, the present research tested the phenomenology and content of autobiographical memory as distinct mediators between attachment avoidance and anxiety and depressive symptoms. In Study 1, participants (N = 454) completed measures of attachment and depressive symptoms in one session, and retrieved and rated two self-defining memories of romantic relationships in a separate session. In Study 2, participants (N = 534) were primed with attachment security, attachment insecurity, or a control prime and then retrieved and rated a self-defining relationship memory. Memory phenomenology, specifically memory coherence and emotional intensity, mediated the association between attachment avoidance and depressive symptoms, whereas the negative affective content of the memory mediated the association between attachment anxiety and depressive symptoms. Priming attachment security led to retrieval of a more coherent relationship memory, whereas insecurity led to the retrieval of a more incoherent relationship memory. Discussion focuses on the construction and recollection of memories as underlying mechanisms of adult attachment and psychological distress, the importance of memory coherence, and the implications for counseling research and practice.
Identifier: FSU_migr_mhs-0034 (IID)
Keywords: adult attachment, autobiographical memory, depression, close relationships, phenomenology, coherence
Note: Published in final edited form as: J'>http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/eutils/elink.fcgi?dbfrom=pubmed&retmode=ref&cmd=prlinks&id=20706555">J Couns Psychol. 2009 July 1; 56(3): 351–364.
Citation: Sutin AR & Gillath O. (2009). Autobiographical Memory Phenomenology and Content Mediate Attachment Style and Psychological Distress. J Couns Psychol, 56(3):351-364.
Subject(s): Human behavior
Counseling psychology
Medical sciences
Mental health
Social psychiatry
Mental illness
Psychiatry
Psychology
Persistent Link to This Record: http://purl.flvc.org/fsu/fd/FSU_migr_mhs-0034
Host Institution: FSU
Is Part of Series: Behavioral Sciences and Social Medicine Faculty Publications.
Is Part Of: Journal of Counseling Psychology.
Issue: 3, 56

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Sutin, A., & Gillath, O. (2009). Autobiographical Memory Phenomenology and Content Mediate Attachment Style and Psychological Distress. Journal Of Counseling Psychology. Retrieved from http://purl.flvc.org/fsu/fd/FSU_migr_mhs-0034