Attachment at work: Increasing authenticity & wellbeing among Irish workers through attachment psychoeducation training

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Authors
Cowley, Shane
Issue Date
2020
Degree
BA (Hons) in Psychology
Publisher
Dublin Business School
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Abstract
The aim of this study was to investigate the influence of attachment styles on authenticity and wellbeing in the context of work and to examine the efficacy of brief attachment-based psychoeducation on authenticity and wellbeing among workers in Ireland. Using a quasi-experimental design 44 full time workers in Ireland completed paper and online questionnaires 3 - 4 weeks apart. In the experimental group (N=26) a short attachment-based psychoeducational training was tested for its effect on work attachment, authenticity, perceived stress and job satisfaction. Results indicated a significant increase in authenticity among those who received attachment psychoeducation between surveys who also had significantly lower levels of perceived stress compared to the control group. There was a significant positive correlation between workers higher in secure work attachment with higher levels of authenticity and job satisfaction. In conclusion, findings show attachment psychoeducation has a significant positive effect on authenticity levels and wellbeing in workers.
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