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The relation of dissociation and mind wandering to unresolved/disorganized attachment : an experience sampling study

MARKUSSON CLAVERTZ, DAVID LU ; Gusic, Sabina LU ; Bengtsson, Hans LU ; Jacobsen, Heidi and Cardeña, Etzel LU (2017) In Attachment and Human Development 19(2). p.170-190
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Individuals with unresolved/disorganized representations of childhood trauma (U/d attachment) report more psychological distress than others, but little is known about their everyday mentation. In the present study adults with childhood trauma (N = 45) completed the Berkeley-Leiden Adult Attachment Questionnaire-Unresolved (BLAAQ-U) and the Adult Attachment Interview (AAI), and reported everyday mentation during 5 days of experience sampling. The BLAAQ-U and the AAI showed a medium association with each other, but only the former significantly predicted negative affect, dissociation, and low control/awareness of mentation. Contrary to our predictions, U/d attachment did not significantly predict mind wandering, but the BLAAQ-U predicted... (More)

Individuals with unresolved/disorganized representations of childhood trauma (U/d attachment) report more psychological distress than others, but little is known about their everyday mentation. In the present study adults with childhood trauma (N = 45) completed the Berkeley-Leiden Adult Attachment Questionnaire-Unresolved (BLAAQ-U) and the Adult Attachment Interview (AAI), and reported everyday mentation during 5 days of experience sampling. The BLAAQ-U and the AAI showed a medium association with each other, but only the former significantly predicted negative affect, dissociation, and low control/awareness of mentation. Contrary to our predictions, U/d attachment did not significantly predict mind wandering, but the BLAAQ-U predicted endorsements of a negative mind wandering style. U/d attachment, as assessed by both instruments, was associated with the Poor attentional control style and beliefs in anomalous mental phenomena. Experience sampling is a valuable way to investigate everyday experiences in individuals with U/d attachment.

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  author       = {MARKUSSON CLAVERTZ, DAVID and Gusic, Sabina and Bengtsson, Hans and Jacobsen, Heidi and Cardeña, Etzel},
  issn         = {1461-6734},
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  month        = {02},
  number       = {2},
  pages        = {170--190},
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  series       = {Attachment and Human Development},
  title        = {The relation of dissociation and mind wandering to unresolved/disorganized attachment : an experience sampling study},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14616734.2016.1261914},
  volume       = {19},
  year         = {2017},
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