Psychology Department Colloquium - David Storey

Jan 25th, 2022

Psych. Dept.

For this week's Colloquium, on January 28th, we will be joined by David Storey. Please see the talk title and summary below:

Title: Gender Differences in Attachment in Youth Involved with the Street: An Exploratory Study

Summary: Youth involved in the street (YIS) have been shown to suffer from higher rates of attachment insecurity, childhood maltreatment, and psychopathology than their non-street involved peers, yet little is known about how male and female YIS differ in their expression of attachment. The aim of this study was to explore the relationship between gender, attachment orientation, childhood maltreatment, and psychopathology in a sample of YIS to generate hypotheses for future research and inform targeted therapeutic interventions in this underserved population. The study combined data from two previously collected samples of youth (108 total: 67 males, 41 females), aged 15 to 24, recruited from a community non-profit organization in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, who were administered validated self-report measures of attachment orientation, childhood maltreatment, and psychopathology. Statistical analyses included robust one-way multivariate analyses of variance (MANOVA), robust independent samples t tests, and robust multiple regressions using a running-interval smooth. The analysis revealed that female YIS report significantly higher rates of attachment anxiety and childhood maltreatment, but comparable rates of attachment avoidance and psychopathology relative to male YIS. Rates of attachment anxiety strongly predict rates of attachment avoidance in female but not male YIS; further, this is expressed in a strongly curvilinear fashion. Implications of these findings are discussed relative to gender-based theories of attachment and the provision of targeted mental health interventions in YIS.  

Reminder: Colloquium will be virtual this week, meeting details below:

Friday, 28 Jan, 2022 3:00 pm | 1 hour 10 minutes | (UTC-03:30) Newfoundland
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