Does insecure attachment mediate the relationship between Cyclothymic temperament and relationship satisfaction?


Fraser, Sarah Elizabeth

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The aim of this cross-sectional study was to illuminate the relationship issues often experienced by people with Bipolar Disorder. Specifically, the current study investigated the association between Cyclothymic temperament and relationship satisfaction in a non-clinical sample, and sought to understand that relationship by exploring the possible mediation of insecure attachment. Results suggest that an underlying insecure attachment partly explains why people with trait vulnerability to Cyclothymic temperament experience lower relationship satisfaction. Clinicians treating those with cyclothymic characteristics might assess for relationship dissatisfaction as a potential manifestation of trait vulnerability to Bipolar Disorder and insecure attachment.

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Greg Murray

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Thesis (DPsych)


Copyright © 2018 Sarah Elizabeth Fraser.

Thesis note

A thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the award of the Professional Doctorate in Psychology (Clinical) by Swinburne University of Technology, 2018.