Parental Attachment and Satisfaction With Social LifeThe Mediating Role of Gelotophobia

  1. Gonzalo del Moral-Arroyo 1
  2. Carla Canestrari 2
  3. Morena Muzi 2
  4. Cristian Suárez-Relinque 1
  5. Angelo Carrieri 2
  6. Alessandra Fermani 2
  1. 1 Área de Psicología Social. Universidad Pablo de Olavide
  2. 2 Department of Education, Cultural Heritage and Tourism, University of Macerata

ISSN: 0214-9915 1886-144X

Year of publication: 2022

Volume: 34

Issue: 3

Pages: 437-445

Type: Article

DOI: 10.7334/PSICOTHEMA2021.437 DIALNET GOOGLE SCHOLAR lock_openOpen access editor

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Background: The aim of the present study was to investigate how gelotophobia is related to secure parental attachment, the degree of satisfaction with social life and coping strategies in a non-clinical sample of young Spanish adults. Method: the sample consisted of 306 young Spanish adults (M= 21.4 years; SD= 2.27; 67.6% women). The relationships between the study variables were analysed and a mediation model was tested in which gelotophobia (M) mediated the relationship between secure parental attachment (IV) and the level of satisfaction with social life (DV). Results: a satisfactory social life was related with low levels of gelotophobia and high levels of secure attachment to the father, as well as with the use of positive coping strategies of control and social support. Secure attachment to the father was positively associated with coping strategies focused on seeking social support and negatively associated with gelotophobia. Conclusions: High levels of secure attachment to the father are related to higher life satisfaction mediated by low levels of gelotophobia.

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