Adult attachment orientations and college student distress: The mediating role of problem coping styles

Frederick G. Lopez, Anne M. Mauricio, Barbara Gormley, Tracy Simko, Ellen Berger

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Abstract

In this study, the authors examined relations among adult attachment orientations, maladaptive problem coping styles, and a composite measure of current distress within a sample of 55 undergraduates (17 men, 38 women). Results indicated that each adult attachment orientation and each problem coping style measure was related in expected directions to students' distress. In addition, problem coping styles largely mediated the impact of insecure adult attachment orientations on distress. Implications of our findings to advancing an attachment theory-informed perspective on college student coping, distress, and intervention are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)459-464
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Counseling and Development
Volume79
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2001
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Psychology

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