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"Prior to the present study, the relationships between attachment, shame, experiential avoidance, and anger had not been empirically evaluated. This study investigated the influence of shame and attachment style on anger and experiential avoidance. Additionally, this study also explored the differences between those with anxious and avoidant attachment styles and their experiences of anger, as well as their ability to confront emotions. It was hypothesized that the combination of attachment, shame, and experiential avoidance would be predictors of anger. Finally, it was hypothesized that shame experiences would mediate the relationships between attachment and anger as well as attachment and experiential avoidance. Results revealed that those attachment, shame, and experiential avoidance do predict anger. A series of mediational regressions indicated that shame serves as a partial mediator in the relationships between attachment and anger and attachment and experiential avoidance. Future research could include a qualitative design to gather more detail around specific anger-experiences to further disentangle these relationships"--Leaf iv.