ERIC Number: ED246332
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Apr
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Parental Attachment, Social Support, and Current Life Situation.
Schmaling, Karen B.; And Others
Attachment theorists argue that the nature of children's bonding with their parents has a significant impact on their adjustment throughout life, affecting ease of socialization and susceptibility to anxiety and depression. To examine the relationship between parental attachment, social support, and current life satisfaction, 251 college students (94 males, 157 females) completed the Social Support Questionnaire, the Parental Bonding Instrument, and a rating of current life satisfaction. An analysis of the results showed that lack of parental care in early life was related to socialization difficulties in adulthood. Retrospective reports of caring, socially supportive relationships early in life, were related to higher levels of adjustment in adulthood. However, the hypothesis that children with overprotecting parents would have socialization difficulties in adulthood was not supported. Fathers were rated as less caring and overprotecting than mothers. Finally, the study supported the validity of the Social Support Questionnaire. (BL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Western Psychological Association (64th, Los Angeles, CA, April 5-8, 1984).