Published online Jun 22, 2013. doi: 10.5498/wjp.v3.i2.41
Revised: April 17, 2013
Accepted: May 16, 2013
Published online: June 22, 2013
Core tip: Adult attachment insecurity is a factor predisposing to relational stress and, as a result, to depressive reactions. Depression is a well-known factor reducing health-related quality of life (HRQoL). The study hypothesises that both variables will significantly predict poor HRQoL outcome, even after controlling for confounding sociodemographic variables. The results show that the anxious/ambivalent attachment style together with depression symptom severity substantially and independently predict the HRQoL outcome in adjustment disorder (AJD) with depressed mood. The findings also suggest that therapeutic techniques, alleviating emotional distress and promoting well-being, could accelerate recovery and improve HRQoL in the anxious/ambivalently attached patients with protracted AJD.