Policymakers as safe havens: The relationship between adult attachment style, COVID-19 fear, and regulation compliance

Sandra Segal, Ruth Sharabany, Yossi Maaravi

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Abstract

The COVID-19 crisis has caused severe psychological distress. Governments have been trying to fight the outbreak, inter alia, by enacting various restrictions to maintain social distancing. However, compliance with restrictions depends upon different interpersonal variables. The present study focused on the relationship between attachment patterns, fear of COVID-19, and adherence to COVID-19 guidelines. Participants completed the ECR measure to assess their adult attachment style, in addition to a COVID-19 fear and guidelines compliance questionnaire. We suggest that anxious attachment patterns may be related to heightened fear of COVID-19. Although fear and guideline adherence were positively correlated, secure attachment patterns were correlated to higher adherence than insecure attachment patterns.

Original languageEnglish
Article number110832
JournalPersonality and Individual Differences
Volume177
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2021
Externally publishedYes

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Publisher Copyright:
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Keywords

  • Adaptive behavior
  • Adherence to guidelines
  • Attachment
  • Coronavirus
  • COVID-19
  • Fear

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology (all)

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