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Date of Award

Fall 2021

Document Type

Masters Thesis

Department or Program Affiliation

Experimental Psychology

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)



First Advisor

Mallinckrodt, Brent

Second Advisor

Lehman, Barbara J.

Third Advisor

Scollon, Christie Napa


Objective: The goal of this study was to explore the mediating roles of emotional intelligence, emotion regulation, and dispositional resilience in the association between adult attachment quality and life satisfaction, because they may be amenable to psychoeducational intervention that increases life satisfaction among people with attachment insecurity. Method: Archival correlational data from a convenience sample of 124 first-year university psychology students in a study on stress and dropout were analyzed using PROCESS (Hayes, 2021) to test the serial impact of emotional intelligence (Trait Meta-Mood Scale; Salovey et al., 1995) and emotion regulation (Difficulties in Emotion Regulation Scale; Gratz & Roemer, 2004) on dispositional resilience (Dispositional Resilience Scale-15; Bartone, 1995) in the association between adult attachment (Experiences in Close Relationships Scale; Brennan et al., 1998) and life satisfaction (Satisfaction With Life Scale; Diener et al., 1985). Results: Attachment anxiety and secure-fearful effects were individually and serially mediated by emotional intelligence mood repair and resilient commitment, while avoidance effects were serially mediated by clarity and commitment. All three inputs’ effects were serially mediated by lack of access to emotion regulation strategies and commitment. The effect of the secure-fearful axis was also independently mediated by commitment in the context of emotion regulation difficulties. Avoidance effects were only serially mediated, and lack of access to emotion regulation strategies only mediated serially with commitment. Conclusions: Both similarities and differences exist between individuals with different qualities of attachment insecurity, pointing to both overlapping and unique targets for attachment dimension-specific interventions to increase life satisfaction.




Adult Attachment, Emotional Intelligence, Emotion Regulation, Dispositional Resilience, Life Satisfaction, Serial Mediation, Parallel Mediation


Western Washington University

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Subject – LCSH

Emotional intelligence; Attachment behavior; Satisfaction; Security (Psychology)




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