Attachment Anxiety and Interpersonal Relationship Styles: The Mediating Role of Interpersonal Cognitive Distortions

KAYA F., ODACI H., Yazıcı Çelebi G.

International Journal of Cognitive Therapy, vol.16, no.3, pp.320-339, 2023 (SSCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 16 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2023
  • Doi Number: 10.1007/s41811-023-00166-0
  • Journal Name: International Journal of Cognitive Therapy
  • Journal Indexes: Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), Scopus, Academic Search Premier, ASSIA, CINAHL, Psycinfo
  • Page Numbers: pp.320-339
  • Keywords: Adult Females, Attachment Anxiety, Interpersonal Cognitive Distortions, Interpersonal Relationship Styles
  • Karadeniz Technical University Affiliated: Yes


In the current study, we investigated attachment anxiety and interpersonal cognitive distortions as predictors of interpersonal relationship styles. In this context, we conducted this study to describe the relationships between attachment anxiety, interpersonal cognitive distortions, and interpersonal relationship styles, and to explore the mediating role of interpersonal cognitive distortions in the relationship between attachment anxiety and interpersonal relationship styles. A total of 342 adult women, 201 of whom were married (58.8%) and 141 of whom were single (41.2%), participated in the study, which was conducted based on the correlation model. In the study, data collection tools included the Experiences in Close Relationships Scale, the Interpersonal Relation Styles Scale, and the Interpersonal Cognitive Distortions Scale. In the study, mediation analyses were conducted, and the results indicated that interpersonal cognitive distortions had a partial mediating role in the relationship between attachment anxiety and interpersonal relationship styles.