Infant Attachment Styles and General Anxiety Disorder in Adults

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Infant Attachment styles and general anxiety disorder in adults

The purpose of this study is to look at the relationship between infant attachment styles and psychological wellbeing, with general anxiety as a measure of psychological wellbeing. This study will use an adult sample that will go through psychological tests to determine what attachment style each individual had when they were infants. After establishing their attachment styles their general anxiety levels will be tested. The results of these tests will help in establishing the relationship between the two variables. This study will have positive outcomes because it will improve existing information on this subject in psychology. This study could provide a better
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Disorganized attachment is when an infant is very confused as to how they should relate to their caregiver so they have inconsistent ways of behavior when they are distressed (Bretherton, 1992). This study will look at the relationship between these four attachment styles and general anxiety disorder in a person’s adult life.
Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD or general anxiety) is characterized by a number of symptoms but the most distinct is the excessive, uncontrollable anxiety and worry about almost anything. People who have general anxiety normally mistake it for being a part of their personality and so they think they are just “worriers” therefore very few people seek treatment because they are not even aware they have the disorder (Newman & Erickson, 2010). This study is therefore seeking to test the hypothesis that a person’s attachment style as an infant has an impact on their general anxiety levels as an adult. By establishing exactly what the relationship is between the two variables, this study will improve on the known information of the long-term effects of a person’s attachment style as an infant on their general anxiety levels as an adult. This study also aims to use the results to help in adding more information and perspective on the research done in developmental psychology on how a person’s early developmental experiences can impact their adult life.
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