There is substantial, empirical research on the bidirectional relationship between personal substance abuse and one’s attachment style and personality traits. For example, insecure attachment and impulsivity correspond with greater substance abuse. However, it is not known whether attachment style and personality traits are related to people’s attitudes towards others’ substance abuse. In a sample of 166 participants, we examined whether attachment and personality showed a similar pattern of results with attitudes towards other people abusing substances as they do with personal substance abuse. Results mostly implicated the same attachment and personality variables, and exploratory analyses suggest that impulsivity is a particularly important predictor of attitudes toward others’ substance abuse.
Betz, Kristina; Finegan, Patrick; and Haddad, Jinanne, "Perceptions of Substance Abuse, Attachment Style, and Personality" (2021). Psychology Student Scholarship. 2.