Associations between adult attachment style and mental health care utilization: Findings from a large-scale national survey.
|Title||Associations between adult attachment style and mental health care utilization: Findings from a large-scale national survey.|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2015|
|Authors||Meng X, D'Arcy C, G Adams C|
|Date Published||2015 Sep 30|
|Keywords||Adolescent, Adult, Aged, Anxiety Disorders, Cross-Sectional Studies, Female, Health Surveys, Humans, Likelihood Functions, Male, Mental Health Services, Middle Aged, Patient Acceptance of Health Care, Reactive Attachment Disorder, Social Networking, United States, Young Adult|
This study investigated the association between attachment style and the use of a range of mental health services controlling socio-demographic, physical and psychological risk factors. Using a large nationally representative sample from the US National Comorbidity Survey Replication (NCS-R), a total of 5645 participants (18+) were included. The majority of participants reported their attachment as secure (63.5%), followed by avoidant (22.2%), unclassified (8.8%), and anxious (5.5%). The percentages using different health services studied varied widely (1.1-31.1%). People with insecure (anxious and avoidant) attachment were more likely to report accessing a hotline, having had a session of psychological counselling or therapy, getting a prescription or medicine for mental and behavioural problems. Individuals with anxious attachment only were also more likely to report the use of internet support groups or chat rooms. This is a first analysis to explore relationships between self-reported adult attachment style and a wide range of health care services. Insecurely attached individuals were more likely to use a wide range of health care services even after controlling for socio-demographic factors, psychiatric disorders and chronic health conditions. These findings suggest that adult attachment plays an important role in the use of mental health care services.
|Alternate Journal||Psychiatry Res|