Vulnerability attachment style to depression and lack of forgiveness: investigation the role of affect control.

Zohreh Edalati Shateri, Fahimeh Fathali Lavasani, Ataollah Aghilian, Mahsa Hushmand, Zohreh Ghafarzadeh, Sahar Attar


Objective: Despite growing evidence regarding the relationship between depression and lack of forgiveness, there are some ambiguities. In this Article three questions in two separated study were investigated: first, is there any difference between individual with vulnerable attachment styles to depression and individual without vulnerable attachment in terms of lack of forgiveness. Second, whether there is a relationship among vulnerable attachment, affect control and lack of forgiveness. Third, to what extent lack of forgiveness is affected by vulnerable attachment components and affect control.

Method: in Study 1 (N= 112), participants completed the vulnerability attachment style questionnaire and Transgression Related Interpersonal Motivations Inventory. In Study 2 we included the affective control Scale and Participants (N= 145) completed three scales. Data analysis with Shapiro-Wilk normality test, non-parametric Kruskal-Wallis test, Pearson correlation and Multiple Regression analysis.

Results: In first study, Kruskal-Wallis test showed that there was a statistically significant difference between non-vulnerable and vulnerable attachment styles groups, in lack of forgiveness. Second Study result, replicated the association between lack of forgiveness and vulnerable attachment style. In addition affect control and attachment styles have some correlate with transgression related interpersonal motivations.

Conclusions: The current study has provided an evidence that lack of forgiveness may be regarded as a predisposing factor and antecedent to depression. However the relationship between attachment, affect control and forgiveness still requires further investigation.


affect control; attachment; depression; forgiveness

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