Recent Publications

For a copy of any of the papers below please contact the lead author or the relevant UKAN member.

In Press

Millings, A., Abu-Akel, A., Mattar, T., & Rowe, A. (in press) Constraints to liberty of movement and attachment styles significantly account for well-being in three Palestinian samples. European Journal of Psychotraumatology.

Vowels, L. M., Francois-Walcott, R. R. R., Perks, R., & Carnelley, K. B.  (in press).  “Be free together rather than confined together”: A qualitative exploration of how relationships changed in the early COVID-19 pandemic.  Journal of Social and Personal Relationships.


Vowels, L. M.., Carnelley, K. B., & Francois-Walcott, R. R. R.  (in press). Successful negotiation of goal conflict between romantic partners predicts better goal outcomes during COVID-19: A mixed methods study.  Journal of Social and Personal Relationships.


Randall, A., K., . . . .  Carnelley, K. B., . . . Hart, C. M., . . . . .  Zemp, M.  (in press).  Coping with global uncertainty: Perceptions of COVID-19 psychological distress, relationship quality, and dyadic coping for romantic partners across 27 Countries.  Journal of Social and Personal Relationships.

Sood, M., Carnelley, K. B., & Newman-Taylor, K., (in press). Cognitive fusion and negative beliefs about self and others mediate the association between attachment imagery and paranoia and anxiety.  Psychology and Psychotherapy:  Theory, Research, and Practice.

Karl, A., Carnelley, K. B., Arikan, G., Baldwin, D., Heinrichs, M., & Stopa, L. (in press).  The effect of attachment security priming and oxytocin on physiological responses to trauma films and subsequent intrusions. Behaviour Research and Therapy,


Vowels, L. M.., Carnelley, K. B., & Francois-Walcott, R. R. R.  (in press). Partner support and goal outcomes during COVID-19: A mixed methods study.  European Journal of Social Psychology, 


Stevenson, J., Millings, A., Emerson, L. M., Sirois, F., & Rowe, A. (2021) Adult Attachment and Mindfulness: Examining Directionality, Causality, and Theoretical Implications. Journal of Research in Personality DOI: 10.1016/j.jrp.2020.104043

Arriaga, X. B., Eller, J., & Kumashiro, M., Rholes, W. S., & Simpson, J. A. (2021). Self-efficacy and declines over time in attachment anxiety during the transition to parenthood. Social Psychological and Personality and Science, 12, 658-666. doi/10.1177/1948550620933411

Arriaga, X. B., & Kumashiro, M. (2021).  Change in security from an Interdependence Theory perspective. In R. A. Thompson, J. A. Simpson, & L. Berlin (Eds.). Attachment: Fundamental Questions (pp. 176-184). Guilford Press.  ISBN 9781462546022

Thorne, S. R., Hegarty, P., & Hepper, E. G.(2021). Love is heterosexual-by-default: Cultural heterosexism in default prototypes of romantic love. British Journal of Social Psychology, 60, 653-677.DOI: 10.1111/bjso.12422


Hepper E. G., Wildschut, T., Sedikides, C., Robertson, S., & Routledge, C. (2021). Time capsule: Nostalgia shields psychological wellbeing from limited time horizons. Emotion, 21, 644-664. DOI: 10.1037/emo0000728

Vowels, L. M.., & Carnelley, K. B.  (2021). Attachment styles, negotiation of goal conflict, and perceived partner support during COVID-19. Personality and Individual Differences,171.


Millings, A., Hirst, S., Sirois, F., & Houlston, C. (2020) Emotional Adaptation to Relationship Dissolution in parents and non-parents: A new conceptual model and measure. PLOS One doi:  10.1371/journal.pone.0239712

Rice, T. M., Kumashiro, M., & Arriaga, X. B. (2020). Mind the gap: Perceived partner responsiveness as a bridge between general and partner-specific attachment security. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 17,7178-7194.

Kumashiro, M., & Arriaga, X. B. (2020). Attachment security enhancement model: Bolstering attachment securing through close relationships. In B. A. Mattingly, K. P. McIntyre, & G. W. Lewandowski, Jr. (Eds.), Interpersonal Relationships and the Self-Concept (pp. 69-88). Springer.

Hunt, L. L., Kumashiro, M., & Arriaga, X. B. (2020). An interdependence analysis of enhancing attachment security. In L. V. Machia, C. R. Agnew, & X. B. Arriaga (Eds.), Interdependence, Interaction, and Close Relationships (pp. 95-119). Cambridge University Press. ISBN: 9781108480963 

Urbonaviciute, G., & Hepper, E. G. (2020). When is narcissism associated with low empathy? A meta-analytic review. Journal of Research in Personality, 89, 104036. DOI: 10.1016/j.jrp.2020.104036

Luke, M. A., Carnelley, K. B., & Sedikides, C. (2020) Attachments in the workplace: How attachment security in the workplace benefits the organization.  European Journal of Social Psychology, 50, 1046-1054.Psychology,

Kobori, O., Sawamiya, Y., Yoshinaga, N., Rowe, A., Wilkinson, L. (2020). Investigation of attachment orientation and affect regulation: Use of a novel affect regulation mapping tool in Japanese athletes.Psychologia.

Rowe, A. C., Gold, E. R., & Carnelley, K. B.  (2020).  The effectiveness of attachment security priming in improving positive affect and reducing negative affect:  A systematic review.  International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 17, doi: 10.3390/ijerph17030968

Douglas, T. D., Stephens, J. W., Barry, J., Lee, M. D., & Wilkinson, L. L. (2020). The influence of attachment orientation on weight loss, eating behaviour and other health outcomes among patients undergoing bariatric surgery: A scoping review. Appetite, 147, 104504.


Julal Cnossen, F. S., Harman, K., & Butterworth, R. (2019). Attachment, efficacy beliefs and relationship satisfaction in dating, emerging adult women. Journal of Relationships Research, 10, e19, 1–9.

Arriaga, X. B., & Kumashiro, M. (2019). Walking a security tightrope: Relationship induced changes in attachment security. Current Opinions in Psychology, 25, 121-126.

Shearman, N., Millings, A., Carroll, D., & Rowe, A. C. (2019). A preliminary exploration of the links between attachment disorganisation and schizotypy dimensions in adulthood. Schizophrenia Research, 208, 493.

Millings, A., Carnelley, K. B., Rowe, A. C., Wilderspin, A., Wiseman, H., & Cavanagh, K.  (2019).  Priming attachment security improves attitudes towards a range of therapies, British Journal of Psychology, 110, 15-39. 

Wilkinson, L. L., Rowe, A.C., & Millings, A. (2019). Disorganised attachment predicts body mass index via uncontrolled eating. International Journal of Obesity, 1. Manuscript Number: 2019IJO00092R 

Hirst, S., Hepper, E. G., & Tenenbaum, H. (2019). Attachment dimensions and forgiveness of others: A meta-analysis. Journal of Social & Personal Relationships,  36, 3960-3985. DOI: 10.1177/0265407519841716


Thorne, S. R., Hegarty, P., & Hepper, E. G. (2019). Beyond heteronormativity: Toward equality in theory in the psychology of romantic love. Theory & Psychology, 29, 240-257. DOI: 10.1177/0959354319826725

Carnelley, K. B., & Boag, E.  (2019).  Attachment and prejudice.  Current Opinion in Psychology, 25, 110-114.



Arriaga, X. B., Kumashiro, M., Simpson, J. A., & Overall, N.C. (2018). Revising working models across time: Relationship situations that enhance attachment security. Personality and Social Psychology Review, 22, 71-96.

Julal, F. S. (2018). Holding the baby: Using the Leiden Infant Simulator Sensitivity Assessment to examine attachment theory’s sensitivity hypothesis. Psychology Learning and Teaching, 17, 229-241.


Carnelley, K., Bejinaru, M-M., Otway, L., Baldwin, D., & Rowe, A. (2018). Effects of repeated attachment security priming in outpatients with primary depressive disorders. Journal of Affective Disorders. DOI: 10.1016/j.jad.2018.02.040


Wilkinson, L., Rowe, A., Robinson, E. & Hardman, C. (2018). Explaining the relationship between attachment anxiety, eating behaviour and BMI. Appetite. doi:10.1016/j.appet.2018.04.029



Darwin, Z., & Walsh, J. (2017). The maternal-fetal relationship: conceptualisation, measurement and application in practice. In L. C. Edozien, & P. M. S. O'Brien (Eds.), Biopsychosocial Factors in Obstetrics and Gynaecology Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.


Wilkinson, L, Rowe, A, Sheldon, C, Johnson, A & Brunstrom, J, (2017). Disinhibited eating mediates differences in attachment insecurity between bariatric surgery candidates/ recipients and lean controls. International Journal of Obesity. 41(12), 1831-1834. doi:10.1038/ijo.2017.157


Julal, F. S., Carnelley, K. B., & Rowe, A. (2017): The relationship between attachment style and placement of parents in adults’ attachment networks over time. Attachment and Human Development,

Krasuska M, Lavda A, Thompson AR & Millings A (2017) The role of adult attachment orientation and coping in psychological adjustment to living with skin conditions. British Journal of Dermatology


Hart, C. M., Bush-Evans, R. D., Hepper, E. G., & Hickman, H. M. (2017). The children of Narcissus: Insights into narcissists' parenting styles. Personality and Individual Differences, 117, 249-254. DOI: 10.1016/j.paid.2017.06.019


Stevenson JC, Emerson LM & Millings A (2017) The Relationship Between Adult Attachment Orientation and Mindfulness: a Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. Mindfulness.


Carnelley, K. B., Otway, L. J., & Rowe, A. C. (2016). The effects of attachment priming on depressed and anxious mood. Clinical Psychological Science, 4, 433-450. 

Sedikides, C., Wildschut, T., Cheung, W. Y., Routledge, C., Hepper, E. G., Arndt, J., Vail, K., Zhou, X., Brackstone, K., & Vingerhoets, A. (2016). Nostalgia fosters self-continuity: Uncovering the mechanism (social connectedness) and consequence (eudaimonic wellbeing). Emotion, 16, 524-539. DOI: 10.1037/emo0000136

Rowe, A, Shepstone, LLS, Carnelley, K, Cavanagh, K & Millings, AK, (2016). Attachment Security and Self-compassion Priming Increase the Likelihood that First-time Engagers in Mindfulness Meditation Will Continue with Mindfulness Training. Mindfulness, vol 7., pp. 642-650

Millings, A., Hepper, E. G., Hart, C. M., Swift, L., & Rowe, A. (2016). Holding back the tears: Individual differences in adult crying proneness reflect attachment orientation and attitudes to crying. Frontiers in Psychology: Personality and Social Psychology, 7, 1003. DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2016.01003

Sirois F, Millings A & Hirsch J (2016) Insecure attachment orientation and well-being in emerging adults: The roles of perceived social support and fatigue. Personality and Individual Differences, 101, 318-321.