ERIC Number: EJ1101479
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Jul
Abstractor: As Provided
School Bonding, Peer Associations, and Self-Views: The Influences of Gender and Grandparent Attachment on Adolescents in Mainland China
Liu, Ruth X.
Youth & Society, v48 n4 p451-469 Jul 2016
This study assesses the effects of attachment to paternal grandparents on Chinese adolescent adjustment in the domains of school bonding, peer associations, and self-views, and whether such effects may differ for adolescent boys and girls. Drawing on survey responses of 2,117 middle school students from Fuzhou City, China, regression analyses yield results quite consistent with the hypotheses. Chinese adolescents who indicate that they are close to their paternal grandparents tend to report higher levels of bonding to school, association with achievement-oriented peers, and more positive self-evaluation, and these effects are independent of adolescent closeness with their parents and other putative common correlates. Furthermore, attachment to paternal grandparents exerts stronger effects on adolescent boys than girls, especially in the domains of school bonding and peer associations. These results are discussed in light of attachment theory, grandparent support in Chinese setting, and policy implications.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Attachment Behavior, Grandparents, Adolescents, Adjustment (to Environment), Student School Relationship, Peer Relationship, Self Concept, Gender Differences, Student Surveys, Middle School Students, Family Relationship, Parent Child Relationship, Correlation, Questionnaires, Grade 7, Grade 8, Grade 9, Hypothesis Testing, Multiple Regression Analysis
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Middle Schools; Secondary Education; Junior High Schools; Grade 7; Elementary Education; Grade 8; Grade 9; High Schools
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Identifiers - Location: China