Fostering Secure Attachment Prevents Depression and Anxiety


Researchers from China and the Harvard Medical School studied the effects of anxious and avoidant attachment on the development of depression and anxiety in a sample of 662 Chinese university students recruited in Hunan, China. Insecure attachment styles served as a vulnerability factor in the development of depressive and anxious symptoms. The authors recommend fostering secure attachment in prevention and intervention programs as a means of preventing the onset and maintenance of depressive and anxious disorders. Results will appear in Depression and Anxiety.

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Kermit Cole
Kermit Cole, MFT, founding editor of Mad in America, works in Santa Fe, New Mexico as a couples and family therapist. Inspired by Open Dialogue, he works as part of a team and consults with couples and families that have members identified as patients. His work in residential treatment — largely with severely traumatized and/or "psychotic" clients — led to an appreciation of the power and beauty of systemic philosophy and practice, as the alternative to the prevailing focus on individual pathology. A former film-maker, he has undergraduate and master's degrees in psychology from Harvard University, as well as an MFT degree from the Council for Relationships in Philadelphia. He is a doctoral candidate with the Taos Institute and the Free University of Brussels. You can reach him at [email protected].