Colleen Saffrey and Marion Ehrenberg, Department of Psychology, University of Victoria, Victoria BC, Canada V8W 3P5.
When thinking hurts: Attachment, rumination, and postrelationship adjustment
Article first published online: 10 SEP 2007
Volume 14, Issue 3, pages 351–368, September 2007
How to Cite
SAFFREY, C. and EHRENBERG, M. (2007), When thinking hurts: Attachment, rumination, and postrelationship adjustment. Personal Relationships, 14: 351–368. doi: 10.1111/j.1475-6811.2007.00160.x
This research was supported by a National Sciences and Engineering Research Council grant awarded to the first author. Special thanks to Michael Hunter and Catherine Costigan for their helpful suggestions during the development of this research. This paper is based on the masters thesis of the principal author.
- Issue published online: 10 SEP 2007
- Article first published online: 10 SEP 2007
The current study used an attachment framework to explore postrelationship rumination and adjustment. Young adults (N= 231) involved in a romantic relationship that (a) was of 3 months duration or longer and (b) ended in the last 12 months participated in the study. The study assessed rumination generally (brooding, regret, and reflection), and specifically concerning the ended relationship (relationship preoccupation and romantic regret). At the general level, brooding and regret were associated with more negative adjustment, whereas reflection was associated with more positive adjustment. At the relationship level, both relationship preoccupation and romantic regret were associated with more negative adjustment. Models tested indicated that rumination largely mediated the association between attachment anxiety and adjustment.