Relationship Between Female And Young Adult Couples And Romantic Attachment Style And Depressive Symptoms

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This current study investigates the relationship between both members of pregnant adolescent and young adult couples and romantic attachment style and depressive symptoms. This study was conducted by Desrosiers, Sipsma, Callands, and Hansens (2007) at Yale University. Before conducting the study, surveys were gathered a random places of participants of varying ages, but it was found inconsistent. The participants were found at the local obstetrics and gynecology, and ultrasound clinics, which were selected based on proximity and population served. Of the 944 couples screened possible couples, 413 were eligible, and 296 of the couples enrolled into the study. All of the 296 participants in this study were young adult females and their male…show more content…
The lack of resources, social support, and challenges in attaining educational goals, increased the vulnerability of the depressive symptoms/disorders that occur during adolescence, (Eshbaugh, Lempers, & Luze, 2006). The depressive symptoms were found more in women than men, although symptoms of depression during the prenatal period were also exhibited by the male partners. Prenatal depressive symptoms in men have been associated with depression in their female partners, suggesting the possibility of reciprocal influence (Field et al., 2006). Preliminary findings suggest that the younger the father the more the significant the depressive symptoms found in the men. Factors that contributed to depressive symptoms negative parent-child relationships and abandonment issues. It was reported that the samples of the young adult participants were reported to have an increased insecure romantic attachment. The attachment was assessed by a process called 36-item Experiences in Close Relationships Inventory. Which is a questionnaire that is used to evaluate the construct of the attachment between the young couples. The participants have to rate 36 statements on a scale from 1 (strongly disagree) to 7 (strongly disagree). Of those 36 items, 17 were avoidant attachment and 19 were anxious attachment. Avoidant attachment is the tendency to emotionally distance oneself from their partner and anxious attachment is the tendency to form a bond
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