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

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The relation of dissociation and mind wandering to unresolved/disorganized attachment : an experience sampling study. / MARKUSSON CLAVERTZ, DAVID; Gusic, Sabina; Bengtsson, Hans; Jacobsen, Heidi; Cardeña, Etzel.

I: Attachment and Human Development, Vol. 19, Nr. 2, 05.02.2017, s. 170-190.

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T1 - The relation of dissociation and mind wandering to unresolved/disorganized attachment

T2 - an experience sampling study

AU - MARKUSSON CLAVERTZ, DAVID

AU - Gusic, Sabina

AU - Bengtsson, Hans

AU - Jacobsen, Heidi

AU - Cardeña, Etzel

PY - 2017/2/5

Y1 - 2017/2/5

N2 - 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.

AB - 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.

KW - detachment

KW - disorganized attachment

KW - dissociative experiences

KW - experience sampling

KW - mind wandering

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=85002263487&partnerID=8YFLogxK

U2 - 10.1080/14616734.2016.1261914

DO - 10.1080/14616734.2016.1261914

M3 - Article

C2 - 27917699

AN - SCOPUS:85002263487

VL - 19

SP - 170

EP - 190

JO - Attachment and Human Development

JF - Attachment and Human Development

SN - 1469-2988

IS - 2

ER -