Insecure attachment and depressive symptoms: The mediating role of rumination, empathy, and forgiveness
Burnette, J. L., Davis, D. E., Green, J. D., Worthington Jr., E. L., Bradfield, E. 2009. Insecure attachment and depressive symptoms: The mediating role of rumination, empathy, and forgiveness. Personality and Individual Differences,46 (3): 276-80.
This article considers psychological disorders in the light of several virtues and vices.
Abstract: The authors investigated the associations between attachment, empathy,
rumination, forgiveness, and depressive symptoms via the framework of
attachment theory. Participants (N = 221; 141 F and 80 M) completed a
battery of questionnaires. We hypothesized that (a) anxious and
avoidant attachment would be negatively linked to dispositional
forgiveness; (b) the anxious attachment-forgiveness link would be
mediated through excessive rumination; (c) the avoidance
attachment-forgiveness link would be mediated through lack of empathy;
and (d) the insecure attachment-depression relation would, in turn, be
partially mediated by the forgiveness process. SEM modeling confirmed
these propositions, revealing the potential deleterious outcomes
associated with insecure attachment and unforgiving responses to
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