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Anxiety as a cause of attachment avoidance in women with Turner Syndrome

Clauson, S, Hollins-Martin, CJ and Watt, G 2012, 'Anxiety as a cause of attachment avoidance in women with Turner Syndrome' , Sexual and Relationship Therapy, 27 (4) , pp. 377-390.

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Working models of attachment are internal depictions of self relative to others and have been described in terms of two dimensions: (1) attachment avoidance, and (2) attachment anxiety. An exploratory qualitative study was carried out to build understandings about women with Turner Syndrome (TS) and the psychosocial impact their infertility has upon salient relationships. In one-to-one semi-structured interviews five women with TS were asked: How do you perceive your womanhood and infertility status has affected your relationships with the: (1) opposite sex, (2) siblings, and (3) peers. In opposite sex relationships, infertility status was found to arouse fear of ending up alone and anxiety over engaging in romantic relationships. In sibling relationships, jealousy was expressed in relation to disparity with sister(s) more natural maturation to womanhood, and within peer relationships consequences from divulging infertility status created attachment avoidance with friends. Further investigation in this area is merited.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Turner syndrome, Infertility, Attachment, Avoidance, Anxiety.
Themes: Health and Wellbeing
Schools: Schools > School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work & Social Sciences
Journal or Publication Title: Sexual and Relationship Therapy
Publisher: Routledge
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 1468-1994
Funders: Non funded research
Depositing User: CJ Hollins-Martin
Date Deposited: 18 Dec 2012 13:18
Last Modified: 30 Nov 2015 23:43

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