ERIC Number: EJ723156
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Nov
Reference Count: 65
Coping Trajectories from Adolescence to Young Adulthood: Links to Attachment State of Mind
Seiffge-Krenke, Inge; Beyers, Wim
Journal of Research on Adolescence, v15 n4 p561-582 Nov 2005
The objective of this study was to examine the links between coping and attachment. In a longitudinal study of 112 participants, coping behavior was assessed at five points in time during adolescence (starting at the age of 14 years) and early adulthood. In addition, at the age of 21 years, state of mind regarding current and earlier attachment experiences was assessed by employing the Adult Attachment Interview (AAI). In both adolescence and early adulthood, differences in coping styles were found to be related to differences in attachment. Individuals classified as secure dealt with their problems more actively by using their social network during adolescence and at the age of 21 years. Both secure and dismissing individuals used more internal coping than those with a preoccupied state of mind. Latent growth curve modeling revealed that differences in active and internal coping between secure and insecure individuals applied to the rate of change in these coping styles between 14 and 21 years, with participants in the secure group showing much steeper growth in both coping styles. Only minor differences were found with respect to withdrawal as a coping style. The results represent first evidence that coping trajectories during adolescence and young adulthood are linked with attachment state of mind.
Descriptors: Age Differences, Social Networks, Coping, Attachment Behavior, Adolescents, Young Adults, Longitudinal Studies, Psychological Patterns
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Adult Attachment Interview