Master of Science in Clinical Psychology

Clinical Psychology - Thesis Abstracts

"Fantasy Proneness and Daydreaming Styles: Inquiry into Correlates of Affect Regulation and Adult Attachment"

by Laura O'Neill (August 2007)


The purpose of this current study was to explore possible relationships between adult romantic attachment, affect regulation, and the imaginative processes of fantasy proneness and daydreaming styles in a convenience sample of 98 student volunteers from a southern California liberal arts university.

Attachment styles and dimensional scores, affective biases, levels of fantasy proneness, and styles of daydreaming were determined using self-report inventories and written responses. Findings from the study indicate that fantasy proneness was significantly predicted by and predictive of Positive-Constructive Daydreaming and Guilt and Fear-of-Failure Daydreaming (GFFD).

Attachment anxiety and attachment avoidance were both significantly predicted by Negative Affect. Attachment anxiety was further predicted by the daydreaming styles of GFFD and Poor Attentional Control. More specifically, individuals with a preoccupied attachment style had significantly higher scores on GFFD and Negative Affect compared to securely attached individuals.

Overall, predictive relationships were found between attachment, affect regulation, and daydreaming styles as well as between daydreaming styles and fantasy proneness, but the relationship between adult attachment and fantasy proneness appears to be indirect.

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