ERIC Number: EJ1139486
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-May
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 62
Adolescent Support Seeking as a Path to Adult Functional Independence
Szwedo, David E.; Hessel, Elenda T.; Loeb, Emily L.; Hafen, Christopher A.; Allen, Joseph P.
Developmental Psychology, v53 n5 p949-961 May 2017
The potential importance of depending on others during adolescence to establish independence in young adulthood was examined across adolescence to emerging adulthood. Participants included 184 teens (46% male; 42% non-White), their mothers, best friends, and romantic partners, assessed at ages 13-14, 18, 21-22, and 25. Path analyses showed that associations were both partner and age specific: markers of independence were predicted by participants' efforts to seek support from mothers at age 13, best friends at 18, and romantic partners at 21. More important, analyses controlled for support seeking from these partners at other ages, as well as for other potentially confounding variables including attachment security, scholastic/job competence, and physical attractiveness over time. Moreover, analyses suggested the transfer of support seeking behavior from mothers to best friends to romantic partners over time based on support given by the previous partner at an earlier age.
Descriptors: Adolescents, Adolescent Attitudes, Peer Relationship, Friendship, Interpersonal Relationship, Attachment Behavior, Intimacy, Family Relationship, Grade 7, Grade 8, Middle School Students, Interpersonal Attraction, Young Adults
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 7; Junior High Schools; Middle Schools; Elementary Education; Secondary Education; Grade 8
Sponsor: Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) (NIH); National Institute of Mental Health (DHHS/NIH)
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: 9R01HD05830511A1|R01MH58066