Insecure attachment and support-seeking during COVID-19: a sequential mixed methods investigation

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Title
Insecure attachment and support-seeking during COVID-19: a sequential mixed methods investigation
Journal
Attachment & Human Development
Author(s)
Francois-Walcott Rachel R. R., Perks Rhia E., Vowels Laura M., Carnelley Katherine B.
ISSN
1461-6734
1469-2988
ISSN-L
1461-6734
Publication state
Published
Issued date
03/03/2024
Peer-reviewed
Oui
Volume
26
Number
2
Pages
159-180
Language
english
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Publication types: Journal Article
Publication Status: ppublish
Abstract
The COVID-19 pandemic led many couples to stay at home together with minimal contact with others. As social distancing measures reduced contact with outside households, many partners could seek support only from one another. In two studies using a sequential mixed methods design, we investigated support-seeking behaviors in romantic relationships during COVID-19. In the qualitative study, semi-structured interviews (n = 48) showed differences in how and why partners seek support with an initial consideration of the role of attachment. We identified the following themes: direct support-seeking, indirect support-seeking, (in)dependence, and gender dynamics. In the quantitative study (n = 588), high COVID-19 worry, high attachment anxiety, and low attachment avoidance were associated with more support-seeking. Interestingly, we also found that when COVID-19 worry was high, individuals high in attachment avoidance were more likely to report seeking support. The paper provides a unique insight into the impact of COVID-19 on support-seeking behaviors in romantic relationships.
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