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dc.contributor.authorAi, Ting
dc.contributor.authorGillath, Omri
dc.contributor.authorKarantzas, Gery C.
dc.identifier.citationAi, T., Gillath, O., & Karantzas, G. C. (2020). The Dual Function Model of Attachment Security Priming: Theoretical Framework and Empirical Evidence. International journal of environmental research and public health, 17(21), 8093.
dc.descriptionThis work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.en_US
dc.description.abstractAccording to attachment theory, security providing attachment figures fulfill two main functions: (1) safe haven—providing safety and comfort and reducing stress—helping people regain a sense of security; and (2) secure base—providing resources and a base from which people can spring into action. According to the Dual Function of Security Priming Model, security priming can result in one of two outcomes paralleling these two functions. Which outcome is likely to present itself depends on the level of stress imposed by the context. Here we describe the Dual Function Model of Security Priming (DFSP) Model and provide evidence from a study examining the effects of attachment security priming on hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal activity. In the study, participants were exposed to security-related cues under high or low/no-stress conditions, while their salivary cortisol concentrations were measured. Cortisol is a suitable index as it is released not only in response to stress, but also more generally when energy needs to be mobilized. We found that while security priming led to significant decreases in salivary cortisol concentrations when presented after a stressor (stress reduction), it led to a significant increase in salivary cortisol concentrations when presented before the stressor (energy mobilization).en_US
dc.rights© 2020 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland.en_US
dc.subjectAttachment securityen_US
dc.subjectSalivary cortisolen_US
dc.subjectDual function modelen_US
dc.titleThe Dual Function Model of Attachment Security Priming: Theoretical Framework and Empirical Evidenceen_US
kusw.kuauthorAi, Ting
kusw.kuauthorGillath, Omri
kusw.oaversionScholarly/refereed, publisher versionen_US
kusw.oapolicyThis item meets KU Open Access policy criteria.en_US

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