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Child Dev. 2007 Jul-Aug;78(4):1222-39.

The relation of attachment security to adolescents' paternal and peer relationships, depression, and externalizing behavior.

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Department of Psychology, University of Virginia, Charlottesville 22904-4400, USA. allen@virginia.edu

Abstract

The relation of attachment security to multiple domains of psychosocial functioning was examined in a community sample of 167 early adolescents. Security of attachment organization, assessed using the Adult Attachment Interview, was linked to success in establishing autonomy while maintaining a sense of relatedness both with fathers and with peers, even after accounting for predictions from qualities of the mother-teen relationship. Growth curve analyses revealed links of insecurity to increasing patterns of externalizing behavior and higher and stable patterns of depressive symptoms across adolescence. Implications for a developing theory of the connections of the attachment system to multiple domains of functioning in adolescence are discussed.

PMID:
17650135
PMCID:
PMC2413435
DOI:
10.1111/j.1467-8624.2007.01062.x
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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