Attachment style and health behaviors

Heide Marie Schlack, Tennessee State University


The relationship between mind and body has fascinated scientists and philosophers for thousands of years. The current study examined the relationship between a particular personality construct (attachment style), health-related behaviors and health outcomes. Attachment style theory concisely encompasses a number of variables (i.e., social relationship factors, emotional regulation, coping styles) that have been linked with mental health and medical health outcomes. While a few attachment style studies have looked at different international populations, none examine attachment style patterns in primarily African-American populations. The current study found expected differences and relationships between attachment style and health variables. No significant differences were found between African-American and Caucasian participants. Conclusions, study limitations and directions for further research are discussed.

Subject Area

Physiological psychology|Mental health|Minority & ethnic groups|Sociology|African Americans|Public health

Recommended Citation

Heide Marie Schlack, "Attachment style and health behaviors" (2001). ETD Collection for Tennessee State University. Paper AAI3061760.