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Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
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Countless studies have demonstrated the association between attachment styles and depressive symptoms; however, thus far, none have examined concurrent change. That is, does change in attachment style predict change in depressive symptoms over time? This question was examined in a sample of 229 heterosexual newlywed couples from Western Massachusetts. It was found that changes in attachment avoidance in particular predicted changes in depressive and anxious symptoms over time. Being a parent also played a role in participants' overall attachment styles, depressive symptoms and anxious symptoms on average, with differences observed by gender. Implications and suggestions for future research are discussed.
DeVito, Cassandra C., "Correspondence Between Change in Adult Attachment Patterns and Change in Depression Symptoms in Early Marriage" (2016). Doctoral Dissertations. 649.