Attachment Security and Continuing Bonds: The Mediating Role of Meaning-Made in Bereavement

Brandy L. Tidwell, Elizabeth D. Larson, Jacob A. Bentley

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Attachment security plays an important function in the grieving process. This study aimed to explore how individual differences in attachment security and meaning-made predict continuing bonds expression among bereaved adults (n = 237) using a moderated mediation model. Results of multiple regression analysis revealed an indirect effect of meaning-made on the negative relationship between attachment avoidance and continuing bonds. Results suggest that loss may be less disruptive to the meaning system of avoidant individuals and, therefore, avoidant individuals may express continuing bonds to a lesser extent. Findings implicate bereavement adjustment and grief-related interventions tailored to individual differences in attachment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalJournal of Loss and Trauma
StateAccepted/In press - Jan 1 2020
Externally publishedYes


  • attachment
  • Bereavement
  • continuing bonds
  • grief
  • meaning

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Phychiatric Mental Health
  • Social Psychology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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