Psychological and Physiological Predictors of Health in Romantic Relationships: An Attachment Perspective
Article first published online: 8 AUG 2013
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Journal of Personality
Special Issue: Personality, Relationships, and Health
Volume 82, Issue 6, pages 528–538, December 2014
How to Cite
Stanton, S. C. E. and Campbell, L. (2014), Psychological and Physiological Predictors of Health in Romantic Relationships: An Attachment Perspective. Journal of Personality, 82: 528–538. doi: 10.1111/jopy.12056
- Issue published online: 12 NOV 2014
- Article first published online: 8 AUG 2013
- Accepted manuscript online: 1 JUL 2013 05:38AM EST
This article reviews the burgeoning literature linking greater individual differences in attachment anxiety and attachment avoidance to poorer health. Extant research indicates that more anxiously and avoidantly attached individuals experience heightened psychological (e.g., distress) and physiological (e.g., HPA axis activation) responses to stressful situations, as well as have poorer mental (e.g., depression) and physical (e.g., immune system functioning) health. Research also suggests that perceived social support processes are sometimes beneficial for more anxiously and avoidantly attached persons' mental health, but are not helpful in alleviating physiological responses to stress. Future studies could fruitfully delve into the possible dyadic influences on health and interventions to improve the health experiences of more anxiously and avoidantly attached individuals. Lastly, future research could benefit from longitudinal explorations of health.