Attachment, mental health, and verbal aggressiveness in personal relationships

Lindsey Susan Aloia, Denise Haunani Solomon

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This study examined the association between verbal aggressiveness and individual differences in attachment orientations and mental health, defined as a state of emotional well-being. One hundred and thirty-two college-aged students completed measures assessing their attachment orientations, mental health, and verbal aggressiveness. Results indicated that security in attachment was negatively associated with verbal aggressiveness, and preoccupation with relationships was positively associated with verbal aggressiveness. In addition, mental health was negatively associated with verbal aggressiveness. Results indicated support for a statistical model in which mental health mediated the association between attachment orientations and verbal aggressiveness.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)169-184
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Aggression, Maltreatment and Trauma
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 7 2015

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Health Professions (miscellaneous)
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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