Bouncing Back from a Breakup: Attachment, Time Perspective, Mental Health, and Romantic Loss
Coping with a romantic breakup is a normal developmental task of emerging adulthood. Because of their role in influencing interpersonal relationships and adjustment, attachment history and time perspectives may influence resilience to romantic loss. In an online survey of 1,404 university students ages 18–25 who reported experiencing recent breakups, individuals with secure parental bonding, past positive time orientation, and lower future relationship orientation reported less distress after their breakup. However, time perspectives did not buffer the negative effects of poor parental bonding on mental health. These results suggest that professionals counseling college students experiencing breakups might consider addressing parental bonding and time orientation.
Journal of College Student Psychotherapy
Gilbert, S., & Sifers, S.K. (2011). Bouncing Back from a Breakup: Attachment, Time Perspective, Mental Health, and Romantic Loss. Journal of College Student Psychotherapy, 25(4), 295-310.
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Copyright © 2011 Taylor & Francis Group. Article published by Taylor & Francis Group in Journal of College Student Psychotherapy, volume 25, issue number 4, 2011, pages 295-310. Available online on September 27, 2011: http://doi.org/10.1080/87568225.2011.605693.