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Volume 90 Issue 2 (June 2017), Pages 125-243

Attachment style and readiness for psychotherapy among psychiatric outpatients (pages 229-234)

Ninety‐two adults attending outpatient mental health services completed measures of attachment style and readiness to engage in psychotherapy. Correlation and linear regression analyses found anxious attachment to be positively associated with treatment‐seeking distress and found avoidant attachment to be negatively associated with openness to personal disclosure in the therapy relationship.

Practitioner points

  • Insecure attachment may influence prospective patients' readiness for psychotherapy.
  • Patients with an avoidant attachment style may need assistance in preparing for the relational aspects of psychotherapy.

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