The contributions of interpersonal attachment and friendship group identification to depressive symptoms in a non-clinical sample: Attachment, group identification, and depression

Harriet E. S. Rosenthal, Nadia Somers, Piers Fleming, Judi Walsh

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Drawing on previous literature from the separate areas of adult attachment and group processes, we explored attachment and group identification as predictors for depressive symptoms in a nonclinical sample.We found that attachment anxiety and friendship group identification predicted scores on the Beck Depression Inventory, such that higher attachment anxiety resulted in higher depressive symptoms, and greater friendship group identification resulted in lower depressive symptoms. Mediational analysis suggested that group identification partially mediated the effect of attachment avoidance on depressive symptoms, but did not mediate the effect of attachment anxiety on depressive symptoms.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)409-414
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Applied Social Psychology
Issue number6
Early online date12 Feb 2014
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2014

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