20. No others specified. Adult Attachment and Emotional Responses to Traumatic Memories. USA: Florida State University, 2002: 34pp.
This study examines the association between attachment patterns and emotional responses to traumatic memories among 153 Middle-Eastern male former political prisoners. Self-report tools revealing adult attachment and intensity and valence of emotional responses were applied. As hypothesized, a high intensity of cognitive and a low intensity of affective responses characterized the emotional profile of insecure-dismissing men. On the contrary, the emotional profile of insecure-preoccupied men was characterized by low cognitive and high affective responses, and intensive behavioral urges to act. Secure men in turn had moderate and even emotional profile involving both cognitive and affective responses. In accordance with the activation hypothesis, when exposed to a high level of trauma, the preoccupied men showed especially intensive affective and behavioral responses.