“Love hurts”: romantic attachment and depressive symptoms in pregnant adolescent and young adult couples.

Title"Love hurts": romantic attachment and depressive symptoms in pregnant adolescent and young adult couples.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2014
AuthorsDesrosiers, A., Sipsma H., Callands T., Hansen N., Divney A., Magriples U., & Kershaw T.
JournalJ Clin Psychol
Volume70
Issue1
Pagination95-106
Date Published2014 Jan
ISSN1097-4679
KeywordsAdolescent, Adult, Depression, Female, Humans, Interpersonal Relations, Love, Male, Object Attachment, Pregnancy, Sexual Partners, Young Adult
Abstract

<p><b>OBJECTIVE: </b>The current study investigates the relationship between romantic attachment style and depressive symptoms between both members of pregnant adolescent and young adult couples.</p><p><b>METHOD: </b>Participants were 296 pregnant young females (mean age = 18.7) and their male partners (mean age = 21.3; 592 total participants) who were recruited from obstetrics and gynecology clinics in Connecticut. The dimensions of avoidant and anxious romantic attachment were assessed using the Experiences in Close Relationships Inventory. Depressive symptoms were measured using the Center for Epidemiological Studies-Depression Scale.</p><p><b>RESULTS: </b>Results showed that avoidant attachment and anxious attachment were significantly positively related to depressive symptoms. Multilevel modeling for partner effects revealed that anxious attachment and depressive symptoms in partners were significantly positively associated with depressive symptoms</p><p><b>CONCLUSION: </b>Findings underscore the importance of considering couples-based approaches to supporting the transition to parenthood and developing the necessary self and relationship skills to manage attachment needs and relationship challenges.</p>

DOI10.1002/jclp.21979
Alternate JournalJ Clin Psychol
PubMed ID23794358
PubMed Central IDPMC4017074
Grant ListR01 MH075685 / MH / NIMH NIH HHS / United States
T32 DA019426 / DA / NIDA NIH HHS / United States
P30 MH062294 / MH / NIMH NIH HHS / United States
K01 TW009660 / TW / FIC NIH HHS / United States
T32 MH020031 / MH / NIMH NIH HHS / United States
1R01MH75685 / MH / NIMH NIH HHS / United States