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Attachment Styles in a group of Patients with Terminal Renal Insufficiency

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Author(s): María Pía Santelices-Álvarez | Lusmenia Garrido-Rojas | Mónica Fuentes-Fuentes | Mónica Guzmán-González | Marcela Lizano-Martínez

Journal: Universitas Psychologica
ISSN 1657-9267

Volume: 8;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 413;
Date: 2009;
Original page

Keywords: Adult Attachment | Renal Disease | Chronic Disease.

ABSTRACT
Several studies indicate that attachment in adults is feasible with modificationsthroughout life, especially in situations of change, as is the experienceof chronic disease. This study aims to describe the attachment patterns ofa group of patients with end-stage renal disease. We studied a group of 22patients with this disease requiring dialysis, compared with a group of 22adults for non-clinical sample (without disease), matching the participantsaccording to sex and age. The results showed differences significant patternsof attachment in both groups. Clinically healthy individuals tend to havepredominantly a secure attachment pattern, while those patients on dialysistend to have a preoccupied attachment pattern.
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