Perceived support and relational conflict as mediators linking attachment orientations with depressive symptoms: A comparison of dating individuals from Hong Kong and the United States

Jin YOU, Lei Jason HUANG, Man Yee HO, Hildie LEUNG, Caina LI, Michael Harris BOND

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Abstract

This cross-sectional study investigates how perceived support and relational conflict mediate the associations of attachment orientations with depressive symptoms among 367 (153 Chinese, 214 American) dating individuals. Results revealed a pan-cultural association of attachment anxiety with depressive symptoms mediated though relational conflict. Attachment avoidance was more strongly related to depressive symptoms through relational conflict in the Chinese sample than in the U.S. sample. Furthermore, attachment anxiety was related to perceived support across both cultural samples, while attachment avoidance was more strongly related to perceived support in the Chinese sample than in the U.S. sample. Findings are discussed in terms of the cultural logics governing interpersonal relationships across cultures. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Ltd.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)50-55
JournalPersonality and Individual Differences
Volume73
Early online dateOct 2014
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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Hong Kong
Depression
Anxiety
Cross-Sectional Studies
Conflict (Psychology)

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You, J., Huang, J. L., Ho, M. Y., Leung, H., Li, C., & Bond, M. H. (2015). Perceived support and relational conflict as mediators linking attachment orientations with depressive symptoms: A comparison of dating individuals from Hong Kong and the United States. Personality and Individual Differences, 73, 50-55.

Keywords

  • Adult attachment orientations
  • Perceived support
  • Relational conflict
  • Depressive symptoms
  • Mediation mechanisms
  • Cross-cultural comparison
  • Dating relationships