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ERIC Number: ED400075
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Aug
Pages: 15
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Attachment Representations to Parents and Prediction of Feelings of Loneliness during a College Transition.
Bernier, Annie; Larose, Simon
This study examined the relationship between attachment security to both parents and feelings of loneliness throughout the transition to college, and the impact of the presence or absence of a physical separation from parents. A total of 125 adolescents completed two measures of attachment--Mother-Father-Peer Scale and Inventory of Parent and Peer Attachment (IPPA)--and one measure of loneliness (UCLA Loneliness Scale-Revised) at the end of high school, during their first semester at college, and 1 1/2 years later. Seventy-one students lived with their parents during the first semester at college, and 54 had left home to attend college. The IPPA showed good construct validity and test-retest reliability. Feelings of loneliness tended to increase during the transition and decrease after the transition only for adolescents who had left their parents. Adolescents who remained home while attending college did not experience significant changes in loneliness during or after transition. For adolescents who stayed home, attachment to mother was stable during the transition, but attachment to father decreased during the second year in college. For adolescents separated from their parents, attachment increased during the transition, then remained stable for father or decreased for mother after the transition. Hierarchical regression analyses revealed that only insecure attachment to father predicted loneliness in the second year of college beyond that of the high school level. (KDFB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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