Event Title

The Relationship Between Attachment and Depression: The Mediational Role of Shame, SelfEsteem, and Social Support

Presenter Information

Evelyn Ayala

Presentation Type

Poster Presentation

College

College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Major

Psychology

Location

Event Center A&B

Faculty Mentor

Dr. Michael Lewin

Start Date

5-27-2014 1:00 PM

End Date

5-27-2014 2:30 PM

Abstract

According to the American College Health Association 31.3% of college students reported feeling depressed (2013). Early parental attachment forms an internal working model that is used as reference for later relationships and experiences (Zaman & Fivush, 2013). Past research suggests that parental attachment was predictive of depression (Leondari & Klosseoglou, 2002) and self-esteem (Kenny & Sirin, 2006). Research has found an association between parental bonding (a related construct of attachment) and shame (Lutwak & Ferrari, 1997). Perceived social support with friends and family was associated with parental attachment perceptions (Mullis et al. 1999). Depression has been associated with self-esteem (Tarlow & Haaga, 1996) and shame (Andrews, Qian, & Valentine, 2002). Parental support was predictive of depression and the onset of major depression (Stice, Ragan, & Randall, 2004). Research is necessary to further understand the negative outcomes of insecure parental attachments as it relates to depression. Purpose of the study is to simultaneously examine three potential mediators (shame, social support, and self-esteem) of the attachment and depression relationship.

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May 27th, 1:00 PM May 27th, 2:30 PM

The Relationship Between Attachment and Depression: The Mediational Role of Shame, SelfEsteem, and Social Support

Event Center A&B

According to the American College Health Association 31.3% of college students reported feeling depressed (2013). Early parental attachment forms an internal working model that is used as reference for later relationships and experiences (Zaman & Fivush, 2013). Past research suggests that parental attachment was predictive of depression (Leondari & Klosseoglou, 2002) and self-esteem (Kenny & Sirin, 2006). Research has found an association between parental bonding (a related construct of attachment) and shame (Lutwak & Ferrari, 1997). Perceived social support with friends and family was associated with parental attachment perceptions (Mullis et al. 1999). Depression has been associated with self-esteem (Tarlow & Haaga, 1996) and shame (Andrews, Qian, & Valentine, 2002). Parental support was predictive of depression and the onset of major depression (Stice, Ragan, & Randall, 2004). Research is necessary to further understand the negative outcomes of insecure parental attachments as it relates to depression. Purpose of the study is to simultaneously examine three potential mediators (shame, social support, and self-esteem) of the attachment and depression relationship.