A Mediational Inquiry of Maladaptive Attachment Styles, Character Strengths and Emotional Regulation in Emerging Adults


  • Faiz Younas Lecturer, Institute of Applied Psychology, University of the Punjab, Lahore
  • Huraira Fatima BS Scholar, Institute of Applied Psychology, University of the Punjab, Lahore
  • Shazia Qayyum Institute of Applied Psychology, University of Punjab, Lahore




Maladaptive Attachment Styles, Character Strengths, Emotional Regulation, Emerging Adults, Mediation Analysis


Purpose: Current research focuses on the interrelatedness of maladaptive attachment styles, character strengths and emotional regulation in emerging adults.

Design/Methodology/Approach: Using the cross-sectional correlational method, a non-probability convenient sample of 220 emerging adults (n = 92 men, n = 128 women) of 18-25 years (M = 20.18, SD = 1.60) were engaged from different universities of district Lahore.

Findings: Results suggested a significantly positive correlation between maladaptive attachment styles, character strengths and emotional regulation. Moreover, both maladaptive attachment styles and character strengths positively predicted emotional regulation. Also, character strengths are partially mediated between maladaptive attachment styles and emotional regulation.

Implications/Originality/Value: This study has noteworthy implications for the clinical and counselling settings, especially for experts working with young adults as it will enable them to render professional services with the latest indigenous empirical findings.

Author Biographies

Faiz Younas, Lecturer, Institute of Applied Psychology, University of the Punjab, Lahore


Institute of Applied Psychology, University of the Punjab, Lahore.

Huraira Fatima, BS Scholar, Institute of Applied Psychology, University of the Punjab, Lahore

BS Scholar

Institute of Applied Psychology, University of the Punjab, Lahore


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How to Cite

Younas, F., Fatima, H., & Qayyum, S. (2023). A Mediational Inquiry of Maladaptive Attachment Styles, Character Strengths and Emotional Regulation in Emerging Adults. Pakistan Journal of Social Sciences, 43(4), 497-506. https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.10375121