Neuroticism and attachment insecurity as predictors of bereavement outcome

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Adult attachment dimensions as well as the personality trait neuroticism have been shown to be related to psychological adjustment after bereavement. No investigations so far have studied the relative contribution of these constructs to grief and depression. In our study of 219 bereaved parents, the two adult attachment dimensions, attachment anxiety and attachment avoidance, were compared to the personality trait neuroticism in predicting psychological adjustment. The attachment dimensions explained a unique part over and above neuroticism, but contrary to expectations, neuroticism explained more variance than attachment dimensions. Implications are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)498-505
JournalJournal of Research in Personality
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2007


  • Adult attachment
  • Neuroticism
  • Parental bereavement
  • Depression
  • Grief


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