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The role of attachment and intolerance of uncertainty in the Relationship between Worry and interpersonal problems

By Dilan Perera


The Role of Attachment and Intolerance of Uncertainty in the Relationship between Worry and Interpersonal Problems The current study assessed a developmental model exploring pathways from attachment problems to interpersonal problems in people with intolerance of uncertainty, and excessive and uncontrollable worry. The current study utilised Structural Equation Modelling to test a series of paths, including the mediation of intolerance of uncertainty on the relationship between attachment and worry, as well as the mediation of worry on the relationship between intolerance of uncertainty and interpersonal problems. The current study was able to separate the effects of different variables from interpersonal problems, including intolerance of uncertainty and social anxiety, in order to isolate the effect excessive worry has on interpersonal problems. Results found that, of the attachment subscales of Loved, Role- Reversal/ Enmeshment, and Rejection, only Rejection had a relationship with both excessive worry, and intolerance of uncertainty. This suggests that people with higher levels of rejection during childhood were more likely to have increased intolerance of uncertainty, and through this, excessive worry. Also, those higher in intolerance of uncertainty were likely to have increased difficulty with being cold and distant, vindictive and self-centered, self- sacrificing, controlling and dominating than those lower on intolerance of uncertainty. However, those higher on excessive and uncontrollable worry were likely to have fewer problems with being cold and distant, vindictive and self- centred than those lower on worry. Additionally, and most interestingly, it was found that those who were higher on intolerance of uncertainty could also have lower levels of being cold and distant, vindictive and self- centred when they also had higher levels of worry. Thus, excessive and uncontrollable worry was a protective factor for those high in intolerance of uncertainty for interpersonal problems

Publisher: Faculty of Science.
Year: 2014
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Provided by: Sydney eScholarship

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