"Love hurts": romantic attachment and depressive symptoms in pregnant adolescent and young adult couples
Language: 
English
Short Title: 
"Love hurts"
Abstract: 

OBJECTIVE: The current study investigates the relationship between romantic attachment style and depressive symptoms between both members of pregnant adolescent and young adult couples. METHOD: Participants were 296 pregnant young females (mean age = 18.7) and their male partners (mean age = 21.3; 592 total participants) who were recruited from obstetrics and gynecology clinics in Connecticut. The dimensions of avoidant and anxious romantic attachment were assessed using the Experiences in Close Relationships Inventory. Depressive symptoms were measured using the Center for Epidemiological Studies-Depression Scale. RESULTS: Results showed that avoidant attachment and anxious attachment were significantly positively related to depressive symptoms. Multilevel modeling for partner effects revealed that anxious attachment and depressive symptoms in partners were significantly positively associated with depressive symptoms CONCLUSION: Findings underscore the importance of considering couples-based approaches to supporting the transition to parenthood and developing the necessary self and relationship skills to manage attachment needs and relationship challenges.

Author(s): 
Desrosiers, Alethea
Sipsma, Heather
Callands, Tamora
Hansen, Nathan
Divney, Anna
Magriples, Urania
Kershaw, Trace
Item Type: 
Journal Article
Publication Title: 
Journal of Clinical Psychology
Journal Abbreviation: 
J Clin Psychol
Publication Date: 
2014-01
Publication Year: 
2014
Pages: 
95-106
Volume: 
70
Issue: 
1
ISSN: 
1097-4679
DOI: 
10.1002/jclp.21979
Library Catalog: 
PubMed
Extra: 
PMID: 23794358 PMCID: PMC4017074

Turabian/Chicago Citation

Alethea Desrosiers, Heather Sipsma, Tamora Callands, Nathan Hansen, Anna Divney, Urania Magriples and Trace Kershaw. 2014-01. ""Love hurts": romantic attachment and depressive symptoms in pregnant adolescent and young adult couples." Journal of Clinical Psychology 70: 1: 95-106. 10.1002/jclp.21979.

Wikipedia Citation

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