Preventive Resources and Emotion Regulation Expectancies as Mediators Between Attachment and College Students' Stress Outcomes
McCarthy, C. J., Lambert, R. G. and Moller, N. P. (2006) Preventive Resources and Emotion Regulation Expectancies as Mediators Between Attachment and College Students' Stress Outcomes. International Journal of Stress Management, 13 (1). pp. 1-22. ISSN 1072-5245
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Publisher's URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/1072-5245.13.1.1
In this study the authors examined both preventive psychological coping resources and negative mood regulation expectancies as potential mediators between parental attachment and two types of stress outcomes: stress symptoms and stress-produced emotions. Data were collected from 390 college students and separate structural equation models were tested for the outcomes of stress symptoms and emotions. Results suggested that for both models, as hypothesized, preventive resources and negative mood regulation expectancies functioned as mediators. Further, there was evidence that these results were similar for the model in which stress symptoms were used as an outcome, as well as the model in which stress-produced emotions were used as the outcome. Implications for a more complete understanding of psychological resources promoted by secure attachment are discussed.