The impact of COVID-19 trauma on attachment and post-traumatic growth

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The severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), commonly known as COVID-19, caused a worldwide pandemic. The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic have plagued individuals’ everyday life, but the long-term impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic are not well-known. The purpose of this study was to examine how COVID-19 related traumas impacted components of attachment and post-traumatic growth. A total of 149 individuals completed an online survey, which included a demographic questionnaire, a newly developed COVID-19 Trauma Questionnaire, the Revised Adult Attachment Scale, and the Post-Traumatic Growth Inventory -X. Individuals were recruited through social media platforms and email lists. Results showed that closeness and anxiety were related to greater post-traumatic growth within the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. Analyses also revealed that there was no significant relationship between attachment components and COVID-19 traumatic distress for predicting post-traumatic growth. Implications for research and clinical work are provided.

 Attachment , Covid-19 , Trauma  , Post-traumatic growth