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The correlation between object relationships and attachment style in prostitutes in Iran

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  23 March 2020

L. Nouralizade
Islamic Azad University, Tonekabon, Iran
S. Ghahari*
Islamic Azad University, Tonekabon, Iran Iran University of Medical Sciences (IUMS), Center of Excellence in psychiatry, School of Behavioral Sciences and Mental Health, Department of Mental Health, Tehran, Iran Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Research Center, Addiction Institute, Mazandaran University of Medical Sciences, Sari, Iran Clinical psychology, Tehran, Iran


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Increased statistics of prostitution and reduced age of prostitutes at the world and as a result, prevalence of diseases such as AIDS and other diseases has gained attention of scholars to the problem of prostitution and relevant problems. Hence, the main objective of this study is to analyze the correlation between object relations and attachment style in prostitutes in Iran.


Applied method in this study is correlation. Statistical population in this study consists of prostitutes of Tehran, Mashhad, Kerman, Tabriz and Mazandaran and statistical sample consists of 317 women selected using simple random sampling method in 2015. For purpose of data collection, Bell Object Relations and Reality Testing Inventory (BORRTI) and Hazan and Shaver attachment styles questionnaire are used. The data were analyzed using multivariate regression and Pearson correlation in SPSS-22.


The results showed that there is significant correlation between object relations and attachment styles in prostitutes (P < 0.01).


Object relations scales (incompetence, self-centeredness and alienation) are correlated to insecure attachment styles in prostitutes.

Disclosure of interest

The authors have not supplied their declaration of competing interest.

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