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J Nerv Ment Dis. 2010 Aug;198(8):572-5. doi: 10.1097/NMD.0b013e3181ea16d6.

Factors correlated with client attachment to mental health services.

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  • 1Department of Clinical Psychology, University of Lancaster, Lancaster, United Kingdom.


This study aimed to explore clients' attachments to psychiatric rehabilitation services and associations with adult attachment style and severity of symptoms. Potential correlates of attachments to services were investigated using a cross-sectional design. A total of 78 participants from inpatient rehabilitation units completed measures of attachment to mental health services, adult attachment style, depression, and psychosis. Clients with a more insecure attachment style and greater severity of depression indicated lower levels of attachment to services, although no effects were found for severity of psychotic symptoms. Patients with insecure adult attachment styles and higher levels of depression may experience particular difficulties in developing secure attachments to services.

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