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Personality traits, attachment styles and loss


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Dalbello, Domagoj. (2018). Personality traits, attachment styles and loss. Diploma Thesis. Filozofski fakultet u Zagrebu, Department of Psychology. [mentor Arambašić, Lidija].

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Losses are extremely widespread phenomena and they cause a variety of difficulties to many people. The aim of this study was to examine how severe losses are percieved to be and what kind of reactions people recognize after the loss depending on their personality traits and styles of attachment in the cases of romantic relationship breakup, friendship breakup and the death of a pet. In this study, the sample included 161 students from different departments of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb (130 female and 31 male participants). When it comes to the type of loss, 82 participants experienced romantic relationship breakup, 92 participants experienced friendship breakup and 43 participants experienced death of a pet. Some participants experienced more than just one loss. All participants filled several questionnaires, including the IPIP personality tests, attachment styles questionnaire as well as self-assessment of their religiosity, the severity of the loss and reactions they experienced after the loss. The results show that extraversion and religiosity do not correlate with the difficulty of the loss and loss reactions, while neuroticism and its facets do correlate with these two variables, but only in some types of loss. A significant correlation between anxiety, as a factor from the styles of attachment questionnaire, and reactions after the relationship and friendship breakup are found. Furthermore, participants who experienced relationship breakup and death of a pet recognised more physical and behavioral reactions than those who experienced friendship loss. Factors that helped participants to feel better are also discussed.

Item Type: Diploma Thesis
Uncontrolled Keywords: loss, severity of the loss, reactions after the loss, personality traits, attachment styles
Subjects: Psychology > Psihologija ličnosti
Psychology > Zdravstvena psihologija
Departments: Department of Psychology
Supervisor: Arambašić, Lidija
Date Deposited: 12 Dec 2018 12:17
Last Modified: 12 Dec 2018 12:17

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