INSECURE ATTACHMENT AND RELATIONSHIP SATISFACTION: TESTING THE BUFFERING ROLES OF MINDFULNESS, SELF-COMPASSION, AND COGNITIVE DEFUSION

2022-7
Taşkesen, Nureda
This study aims to test a multiple-mediation model which examines mindfulness, relationship mindfulness, self-compassion, and cognitive defusion as possible mediators of the relationship between attachment insecurity and romantic relationship satisfaction. The sample consisted of 521 emerging adults in a romantic relationship for at least one month (70% female, 27% male, and 3% non-binary). Their ages ranged from 19 to 29 years old (M = 22.52, SD = 2.45). In data collection, Relationship Assessment Scale, Experiences in Close Relationships- Revised, Mindful Attention Awareness Scale, Relationship Mindfulness Measure, Self-Compassion Scale Short Form, Drexel Defusion Scale, and demographic information form developed by the researcher were used. To test the proposed model, structural equation modeling was used. Since the proposed model did not fit the data, insignificant paths and cognitive defusion variable were trimmed from the model. The trimmed model revealed a good model fit. Although self-compassion and trait mindfulness did not predict relationship satisfaction significantly, relationship mindfulness acted as a mediator in the relationship between attachment anxiety and relationship satisfaction. Discussions were made on the importance of context-specific relationship mindfulness measure as well as the distinct effects of attachment anxiety and avoidance in romantic relationships. Also, cognitive defusion was evaluated in the context of romantic relationships. Lastly, recommendations for future research and implications of the study were indicated.

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Citation Formats
N. Taşkesen, “INSECURE ATTACHMENT AND RELATIONSHIP SATISFACTION: TESTING THE BUFFERING ROLES OF MINDFULNESS, SELF-COMPASSION, AND COGNITIVE DEFUSION,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2022.