- GU Si-meng1, GUO Ben-yu1, YUAN Ti-fei1, DU Wen-dong2, WANG Fu-shun2,3
1. School of Psychology, Nanjing Normal University, Nanjing 210097, China;
2. School of Psychology, Nanjing University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Nanjing 210023, China;
3. Dept of Neuroscience, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY 14643, USA
Objective: To investigate the mediating roles of self-esteem and social support in the relationship between attachment(anxiety and avoidance) and depressive symptoms.Methods: Experiences in Close Relationships Inventory(ECR),Self-esteem Scale(SES),Social Support Rating Scale(SSRS),and Center for Epidemiologic Studies Depression Scale(CES-D) were administered to 1677 college students.Structural equation modeling(SEM) method was used to analyze the data,and Bootstrap method was used to assess the magnitude of the indirect effects.Results: Self-esteem and social sup-port partially mediated the effect of attachment anxiety on depressive symptoms and served as a full mediator in the relation-ship between attachment avoidance and depressive symptoms.Conclusion: These findings suggest that both attachment anxiety and attachment avoidance may facilitate explicit self-esteem and reduce social support,which in turn leads to depressive symptoms.
- Adult attachment; Self-esteem; Social support; Depressive symptoms; Intermediating effect