Skip to content
Journal article

Physiological evidence for repressive coping among avoidantly attached adults

Diamond L, Hicks A, Otter-Henderson K...(+3 more)

Journal of Social and Personal relationships, vol. 23, issue 2 (2006) pp. 205-229

  • 91


    Mendeley users who have this article in their library.
  • 65


    Citations of this article.
  • N/A


    ScienceDirect users who have downloaded this article.
Sign in to save reference


By asking the subject to consider a host of potentially threatening attachment-related issues, the Adult Attachment Interview (AAI) allows an assessment of different strategies for regulating the attachment system. These strategies can be assessed along the 2 dimensions of security/anxiety and deactivation/hyperactivation. The greatest inferential leaps may be in characterizing strategies as deactivating. For example, individuals using deactivating strategies often report extremely positive relationships with parents, display restricted recall of attachment memories, and play down the significance of early attachment experiences. If these descriptive features are guided by a strategy that requires diverting attention from attachment information, subjects employing this strategy should experience conflict or inhibition during the Attachment Interview. In the present study, skin conductance levels were monitored for 50 college students during a baseline period and throughout the Attachment Interview. Subjects employing deactivating strategies showed marked increases in skin conductance levels from baseline to questions asking them to recall experiences of separation, rejection, and threat from parents. This finding supports the notion that individuals employing deactivating attachment strategies experience conflict or inhibition during the Attachment Interview.

Author-supplied keywords

  • 1958
  • 1969
  • 1982
  • 2009
  • 2010
  • Adaptation
  • Adult
  • Attachment
  • Depression
  • Emotion regulation
  • Emotions
  • Expressed Emotion
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Interpersonal Relations
  • Israel
  • Male
  • Mediator
  • Object Attachment
  • Personality Disorders
  • Psychological
  • Psychological Tests
  • Psychological assessment
  • Reactive Attachment Disorder
  • Rorschach
  • Rorschach Test
  • Self-Assessment
  • Test methods
  • a person and his
  • according to bowlby
  • adult attachment
  • ainsworth
  • and quantitative research in
  • arbitrary distinction between qualitative
  • attachment
  • attachment orientation
  • attachment theory
  • blehar
  • bonds that develop between
  • bowlby
  • choanalysis
  • cross-cultural perspective
  • dependency
  • ecr
  • he suggested that research
  • however vary-
  • in a recent article
  • in shaping the person
  • instead
  • integration of tests
  • made a plea for
  • measurement
  • meta-analysis
  • methods
  • object relations
  • or her attachment figure
  • oral dependency scale
  • particularly
  • personality assessment
  • play a crucial role
  • psy-
  • psychodynamic
  • quantitative systems
  • rorschach
  • s
  • s life generally and
  • test validity
  • texture response
  • the affective
  • transcending the
  • wa-
  • wallerstein

Find this document

Get full text

Cite this document

Choose a citation style from the tabs below