Longitudinal pathways linking adolescent reports of maternal and paternal attachments to psychological well-being

Maureen E. Kenny, Richard Lomax, Mary Brabeck, Jennifer Fife

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Examined in this study were the relations between adolescent ratings of parental attachment (affective quality of parental relationship and parental fostering of autonomy) and self-reported psychological well-being over the 1-year period from the eighth to the ninth grade. Through structural equation modeling, relations between adolescent perceptions of parental attachments and psychological well-being (positive view of self and low levels of depressive symptoms) at Grades 8 and 9 were tested separately for girls and for boys. Adolescent ratings of maternal and paternal attachment at Grade 8 contributed to changes in well-being 1 year later for boys only. Adolescent boys' ratings of well-being at Grade 8 were associated with changes in ratings of attachment to father from the eighth to the ninth grade.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)221-243
Number of pages23
JournalJournal of Early Adolescence
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Aug 1998


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)

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