The role of attachment insecurity on depression, stress, and overall health in nursing students

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August 2023

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This study investigates attachment insecurity and its impact on mental and physical health in nursing students. Participants (n = 184) completed 5 scales measuring their attachment security, perceived stress (PSS), well-being (WHO-5), overall health perception (SRH), and depression (CES-D). Significant relationships were found between attachment insecurity and stress, well-being, overall health, and depression. A positive correlation was found between attachment insecurity and PSS, SRH, and CES-D scores. A negative correlation was found between attachment insecurity and WHO-5 scores. These findings suggest that as attachment insecurity increase, participants are more likely to experience stress, poor well-being, negative overall health, and depressive symptoms. Further analyses showed attachment avoidance and stress were significant predictors of depression. Additionally, attachment avoidance and stress were significant predictors of poor well-being. These results will add new insights to literature about the role adult attachment insecurity has on mental and physical health in nursing students.

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Psychology, Social

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