Investigating The Mediating Role of Positive Affection On the Relationship Between Attachment Styles and Maladaptive Schemas of Depressed Women
The objective of this study was to investigate the mediating role of positive affection on the relationship between attachment styles and maladaptive schemas of depressed women. The method of this research is descriptive-correlational. The statistical population of this study included all depressed women admitted to Sina Hospital in Mashhad in 2017. The sample of study was selected using convenient random sampling method. To collect data, the Adult Attachment Styles Questionnaire (AAI), the Short Form of the Young's Early Maladaptive Schema Questionnaire (1988), Watson & Clark Positive Affection Questionnaire (1988), and Beck Depression Scale were used. The results of analysis of ANOVA showed that attachment styles and early maladaptive schemas directly and indirectly have significant effect on depression. The results of this study also showed that positive affection plays mediating role in the relationship between attachment styles and early maladaptive schemas and depression. In other words, attachment styles and early maladaptive schemas with leaving impact on positive affection of individuals decrease depression, and the therapists and counselors in counseling and mental health centers can take necessary medical measures to treat the depression by examining type of attachment style and early maladaptive schemas of people.