Perceived support and relational conflict as mediators linking attachment orientations with depressive symptoms: A comparison of dating individuals from Hong Kong and the United States

Jin You, Jason L. Huang, Man Yee Ho, Hildie Leung, Caina Li, Michael Harris Bond

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This cross-sectional study investigates how perceived support and relational conflict mediate the associations of attachment orientations with depressive symptoms among 367 (153 Chinese, 214 American) dating individuals. Results revealed a pan-cultural association of attachment anxiety with depressive symptoms mediated though relational conflict. Attachment avoidance was more strongly related to depressive symptoms through relational conflict in the Chinese sample than in the U.S. sample. Furthermore, attachment anxiety was related to perceived support across both cultural samples, while attachment avoidance was more strongly related to perceived support in the Chinese sample than in the U.S. sample. Findings are discussed in terms of the cultural logics governing interpersonal relationships across cultures.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)50-55
Number of pages6
JournalPersonality and Individual Differences
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2015


  • Adult attachment orientations
  • Cross-cultural comparison
  • Dating relationships
  • Depressive symptoms
  • Mediation mechanisms
  • Perceived support
  • Relational conflict

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)

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