Empathy and mindfulness as mentalizing factors intervening in the relationships between attachment and interpersonal sensitivity in women

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Introduction and objectives: The goal of this study is to evaluate the role of mentalizing variables (empathy and mindfulness)in the relationship between adult attachment style and interpersonal sensitivity in women. Material and methods: The sample consists of 364 women, with an average age of 36.54 years (SD = 3.69). Attachment style, empathy, mindfulness and interpersonal sensitivity variables have been evaluated using self-report instruments with adequate validity and reliability. Results: The results show greater interpersonal sensitivity in women with insecure attachment styles, compared to women who report more secure attachment styles. On the other hand, there is greater empathy and mindfulness in women with secure attachment styles. In addition, empathy and mindfulness significatively explain a percentage of the variance in interpersonal sensitivity. Conclusions: The implications of these differences in the development of both prevention and intervention programs for women are discussed.
Year of Publication
2019
Journal
Ansiedad y Estrés
Volume
25
Issue
1
Number of Pages
42-48
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1134-7937
URL
https://doi.org/10.1016/j.anyes.2019.04.004
DOI
10.1016/j.anyes.2019.04.004