Adult attachment, worry and reassurance seeking: Investigating the role of intolerance of uncertainty

Clark, Gavin I., Rock, Adam J., Clark, Laura and Murray‐lyon, Kerrin (2020) Adult attachment, worry and reassurance seeking: Investigating the role of intolerance of uncertainty. Clinical Psychologist, 24 (3). pp. 294-305. ISSN 1328-4207

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Abstract

Background
The adult attachment dimension of attachment anxiety has been demonstrated to be associated with a variety of anxiety symptomology, including worry, intolerance of uncertainty (IU) and reassurance seeking. A variety of research has indicated that IU is associated with level of worry and reassurance seeking. The relationships between attachment anxiety, worry, IU and threat-related reassurance seeking have not been subject to investigation. The present article reports the results of an investigation of these variables within a community sample.

Methods
Three-hundred and twenty-eight participants were recruited to complete an online survey in which participants completed the Intolerance of Uncertainty Scale, the Experiences in Close Relationships Scale-Revised, the Penn State Worry Questionnaire and the Threat-related Reassurance Seeking Scale.

Results
Attachment anxiety, IU and worry were correlated with threat-related reassurance seeking. Consistent with previous research, IU was found to mediate the relationship between attachment anxiety and worry. IU and worry were found to be serial-multiple mediators in the relationship between attachment anxiety and threat-related reassurance seeking.

Conclusions
The results of the study suggest IU is likely to play a key role in the relationship between attachment anxiety and worry, as well as the relationship between attachment anxiety and threat-related reassurance seeking.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: adult attachment, attachment anxiety, intolerance of uncertainty, threat-related reassuranceseeking, worry
Subjects: C800 Psychology
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Psychology
Depositing User: Elena Carlaw
Date Deposited: 16 Jul 2021 12:24
Last Modified: 16 Jul 2021 12:30
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/46691

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