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Title: Secure Attachment: Implications for Hope, Trust, Burnout, and Performance
Author(s): Bret L. Simmons, Janaki Gooty, Debra L. Nelson, and Laura M. Little
Reference: Journal of Organizational Behavior, 30, 2-33-247, 2009

Abstract: Secure attachment is a healthy attachment style that enables individuals to work autonomously as well as with others when appropriate. Secure attachments are characterized by internal regulatory mechanisms that allow individuals to be flexible and constructive in their interpersonal relationships. Our model incorporates hope, trust in one’s supervisor, and burnout as explanatory variables that translate the benefits of secure attachment into better supervisor rated task performance. Among 161 employees of an assisted living center and their supervisors, secure attachment had a significant, positive relationship with hope, trust, and burnout, but only trust had a significant, positive relationship with supervisor-rated performance. These results indicate that secure attachment should be considered a positive psychological strength that has important implications for working adults. Secure attachment is a healthy attachment style that enables individuals to work autonomouslyas well as with others when appropriate. Secure attachments are characterized by internalregulatory mechanisms that allow individuals to be flexible and constructive in their interpersonalrelationships.

 

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