Anik Debrot

Anik Debrot
University of Lausanne | UNIL ·  Institut de psychologie (IP)

Dr phil.

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Additional affiliations
August 2015 - December 2016
University of Toronto
Position
  • PostDoc Position
July 2015 - July 2015
Université de Fribourg
Position
  • Maître-assistante
April 2014 - June 2015
Université de Fribourg
Position
  • Doctor assistant
Education
April 2010 - August 2015
Universität Bern
Field of study
  • Psychotherapy
May 2008 - May 2012
Université de Fribourg
Field of study
  • Psychology
October 2002 - May 2008
Université de Fribourg
Field of study
  • Psychology

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Publications (37)
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Interpersonal touch seems to promote physical health through its effects on stress-sensitive parameters. However, less is known about the psychological effects of touch. The present study investigates associations between touch and romantic partners' affective state in daily life. We hypothesized that this association is established by promoting th...
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Positive interpersonal interactions such as affection are central to well-being. Sex is associated with greater individual wellbeing, but little is known about why this occurs. We predicted that experienced affection would account for the association between sex and well-being. Cross-sectional results indicated that affection mediated the associati...
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Affectionate touch is crucial for well-being. However, attachment avoidance is associated with negative attitudes toward touch. We tested two preregistered hypotheses about how attachment avoidance influences the association between touch in romantic couples and psychological well-being. We examined whether greater attachment avoidance is associate...
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Background: Internet-based interventions (IBIs) are as efficient as face-to-face psychotherapy for a variety of mental health disorders, including complicated grief. Most evidence stems from guided IBIs. However, recent research indicates that the benefit of guidance is lower in more interactive IBIs. As such, providing guidance only to people req...
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A robust body of research attests to the mental and physical health correlates and consequences of affectionate communication. Like much research on personal relationships, however, this work may overrepresent certain portions of the population, may underrepresent others, and may not effectively account for intersections of identities. We define in...
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External stressors can erode relationship quality, though little is known about what can mitigate these effects. We examined whether COVID-related stressors were associated with lower relationship quality, and whether perceived partner responsiveness—the extent to which people believe their partner understands, validates, and cares for them—buffers...
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The COVID-19 pandemic has touched many aspects of people’s lives around the world, including their romantic relationships. While media outlets have reported that the pandemic is difficult for couples, empirical evidence is needed to test these claims and understand why this may be. In two highly powered studies ( N = 3271) using repeated measure an...
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BACKGROUND Internet interventions are as efficient as face-to-face psychotherapy for a variety of mental health disorders, including for complicated grief. Most evidence stems from guided Internet interventions. However, recent evidence indicates that the benefit of guidance is lower in internet interventions that are more interactive in nature. As...
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External stressors can erode relationship quality, though little is known about what can mitigate these effects. We examined whether COVID-related stressors were associated with lower relationship quality, and whether perceived partner responsiveness—the extent to which people believe their partner understands, validates, and cares for them—buffers...
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The COVID-19 pandemic has touched many aspects of people’s lives around the world, including their romantic relationships. While media outlets have reported that the pandemic is difficult for couples, empirical evidence is needed to test these claims and understand why this may be. In two highly powered studies (N = 3,271) using repeated measure an...
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Guidance is commonly used in Internet interventions. However, there is little work on how guidance can be optimally implemented in guided self-help approaches. Despite some general models on guidance, there is no theoretical framework as how to optimally individualize the guidance to the participants needs. The Motive-Oriented Therapeutic Relations...
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Introduction : La perte d’un proche, par décès ou séparation, est un événement très stressant, prédictif de troubles psychiques et physiques ; 10-15% des personnes rencontrent des difficultés importantes à gérer ces évènements. Les e-interventions sont efficaces pour traiter de multiples troubles mentaux, y compris le deuil compliqué. Brodbeck et c...
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Research Proposal Poster at APS Virtual Convention 2021 (26-27 May 2021)
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Objectives. – The loss of a partner, either by death or separation, is one of the most stressful life events. It predicts negative physical and psychological health consequences. Although most people are able to cope with it, however about ten percent show difficulties overcoming this painful event. Internet psychological interventions are increasi...
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As we write these lines, the coronavirus-19 (COVID-19) pandemic has reportedly killed over 2'400'000 people, leaving many individuals and families in mourning throughout the world. The current context has put a major strain on people as it has drastically altered our daily lives and caused many societal challenges. We are experiencing much change a...
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This study investigated whether physical affection is causally associated with momentary intimacy and security by manipulating physical affection. We used a GPS-based smart-phone application as ecological momentary intervention that prompted participants to show physical affection to their partner when they were in the same location. We also invest...
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Research suggests that touch promotes relationship well-being but has failed to consider motives for touch. We assessed general (Study 1) and daily (Study 2) approach and avoidance motives for touch and tested their precursors and consequences. Controlling for relationship quality and the other motive, greater attachment avoidance predicted lower a...
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Given the powerful implications of relationship quality for health and well-being, a central mission of relationship science is explaining why some romantic relationships thrive more than others. This large-scale project used machine learning (i.e., Random Forests) to 1) quantify the extent to which relationship quality is predictable and 2) identi...
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Given the powerful implications of relationship quality for health and well-being, a central mission of relationship science is explaining why some romantic relationships thrive more than others. This large-scale project used machine learning (i.e., Random Forests) to 1) quantify the extent to which relationship quality is predictable and 2) identi...
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Romantic relationships help people meet needs for connection and emotional and sexual fulfillment. In the current research, we investigate an unexplored response to feeling sexually and relationally unfulfilled: reflecting on positive sexual experiences with past partners (or sexual nostalgia). Across three studies, people low in attachment avoidan...
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Psychologically detaching from work in the private setting is crucial to recover from work stress and promotes well-being. Moreover, broad evidence documents negative effects of stress on relationship quality. However, the interpersonal consequences of detachment have barely been studied. We seek to investigate, in daily life, whether and how detac...
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Losing a close relative, either by death or by separation, is recognized as one of the most stressful life event, whose impact on physical health through multiple physiological pathways is well documented. Indeed, the loss of a significant person is associated with an increase in the risk of cardiovascular events. Reduced heart rate variability (HR...
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The aim of this study was to investigate daily positive humor in couples as an interpersonal emotion regulation strategy. Associated changes in psychological intimacy were tested as a possible socio-affective pathway of emotion regulation that mediates the effects of couple humor on changes in individual momentary affect. Within a dyadic ambulatory...
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When avoidantly attached individuals are simultaneously high in attachment anxiety, they are inclined to experience strong internal conflicts between seeking and avoiding closeness. This research examined whether the extent to which closeness, assessed as the inclusion of other in the self (IOS), is associated with greater commitment varies within...
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Losing a close person, either because they passed or because of separation or divorce, is a uniquely stressful event associated with poor psychological and physical health outcomes. Some people show major difficulties in coping with this event that can lead to mental disorders. Online therapies appear as similarly effective to face-to-face therapie...
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Psychiatric day hospitals have potential advantages compared with in­patient and/or outpatient treatment, but results are inconsistent and thus their use is controversial. Moreover, few data are available on the factors influencing the treatment success; this is particularly the case regarding Swiss day hospitals. This paper has three goals; first,...
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Emotion regulation is important for daily well-being and health. Emotions are regulated through intrapersonal (i.e., regulating one's own emotions) and interpersonal (i.e., regulating emotions in interaction with others) processes. The current study examines the interplay of an unfavorable intrapersonal emotion regulation strategy “thought suppress...
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Perceived responsiveness is a fundamental ingredient of satisfying romantic relationships, especially insofar as it facilitates the development of intimacy. This study investigates how partner's concrete responsive acts-named here enacted responsiveness-affect the perception of responsiveness in the daily life of dating couples. Additionally, the s...
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The main goal of this research is to offer an effective and preventive online intervention for French-speaking adults who seek support for coping with prolonged grief symptoms.
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IP212 aims at investigating the processes of overcoming vulnerabilising factors in close relationships in middle- and old-aged adults. Specifically the project seeks to explore the various paths of psychological adaptation to major stressors related to marital relationship in the second half of life, and to identify resources and possibilities of psychosocial prevention and psychological intervention. On the one hand the focus is on the determinants and outcomes of critical life events related to intimate relationships, whether due to divorce or bereavement. On the other hand we are interested in continuity and change of marriages in middle and older age, and in the role of chronic stressors such as health problems or caregiving strain, which are major challenges for marital quality.