The Casual Relationship Between Attachment and Depression of Undergraduate Students: The Mediating Role of Self-Compassion
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This study was quantitative research. The purpose of this study was to examine the casual relationship between anxiety attachment style, avoidance attachment style towards depression with self-compassion as mediator variable. The participants selected by purposive sampling method, consisted of 382 undergraduate students. The data was collected by rating questionnaires which are Attachment styles questionnaires, The Self-Compassion scale (SCS) and The Center for Epidemiological Studies-Depression Scale (CES-D). The Structural Equation Model conducted by MPLUS program.
The results indicated that the casual relationship model between anxiety attachment style and avoidance attachment style towards depression with self-compassion as mediator variable after adjusting was significantly consistent with empirical data (= .45, df = 1, / df = .45, RMSEA < .001 (90% C.I. .00 - .12), SRMR = .01, CFI = 1.00 and TLI = 1.01). The factors that had directly negative affected on self-compassion were anxiety and avoidance attachment styles. The factor that had directly positive affected on depression was avoidance attachment style. Self-compassion had directly negative affected on depression and significantly mediated the effects of anxiety attachment style and avoidance attachment style on depression.
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