Attachment Style and Alexithymia Correlation among University Students

Document Type : Original Article


Department of Psychology, Sari Branch, Islamic Azad University, Sari, Iran


Certainly Bowlby’s attachment theory is one the most important changes in the contemporary psychology field which highlights the role of early emotional experiences of the child under his/her care person in the emotional and cognitive development of the individual. The current research method is descriptive-correlative. The population of this research is 400 individuals, and based on the Krejcie and Morgan table, the research sample is 196 individuals. For collecting the required data, two questionnaires of adult attachment scale and the 20-item Toronto Alexithymia Scale were used. Results showed that a correlation exists between the components of attachment style and components of alexithymia of the university students. Furthermore, no difference exists between the attachment styles and alexithymia of girl and boy university students. It is concluded that the role of early emotional experiences of the child with its care person has a positive effect on the emotional and cognitive development of a person. 


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