This study investigated the relationship between attachment representations and help received from informal caregivers after elective surgery. In total, 98 respondents reported on their attachment toward their informal caregiver before surgery and on the amount of help they received from the caregiver after surgery. We found that anxious attachment was negatively related to all types of support except for ensuring and explaining medical care, whereas avoidant attachment was negatively related to emotional types of support. This study extends previous findings by demonstrating the influence of attachment representations on help received in the context of the unique help provided after elective surgery.
|Number of pages||9|
|Journal||Journal of Health Psychology|
|State||Published - 1 Feb 2016|
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- informal caregiver
- social support
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Applied Psychology