The Relations among attachment styles, emotion regulation strategies, death attitudes, and health promoting behaviors: extreme sports participants vs. non-participants

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2015
Bekaroğlu, Ece
The purpose of the present study was to investigate the relations among attachment styles, emotion regulation strategies, death attitudes, and their possible effects on health promoting behaviors among those who participate versus do not participate in extreme sports. Data of the study included 109 extreme sport participants and 202 participants who do not engage in extreme sport activities. Multiple mediation analyses were conducted in order to examine paths among attachment styles, emotion regulation strategies, death attitudes, and health promoting behaviors. Different non-adaptive emotion regulation strategies mediated insecure attachment styles−health promoting behaviors relation in two groups of the current study. In extreme sport sample, lack of awareness about emotions and lack of goals while dealing with negative emotions mediated anxious attachment style–health promoting behaviors relation, and lack of goals while dealing with negative emotions mediated avoidant attachment style−health promoting behaviors relation. In participants who do not engage in extreme sport activities, lack of clarity about emotions mediated anxious attachment style−health promoting behaviors relation. Similarly, different death attitudes mediated insecure attachment styles−health promoting behaviors relation in two groups. In extreme sport sample, approach acceptance of death mediated insecure attachment styles−health promoting behaviors relation, whereas in participants who do not engage in extreme sport activities, escape acceptance of death mediated avoidant attachment−health promoting behaviors relation. Findings and their implications, as well as the strengths and limitations of the study, were discussed in the light of the literature.

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E. Bekaroğlu, “The Relations among attachment styles, emotion regulation strategies, death attitudes, and health promoting behaviors: extreme sports participants vs. non-participants,” Ph.D. - Doctoral Program, Middle East Technical University, 2015.