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ERIC Number: EJ783474
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 10
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 27
ISSN: ISSN-0897-5264
Parental Attachments and Psychological Distress among African American College Students
Love, Keisha McGhee
Journal of College Student Development, v49 n1 p31-40 Jan-Feb 2008
African American college students attending predominately White institutions often encounter stressors that their Caucasian peers do not experience. Because of these unique stressors, African American students are more prone to experience psychological distress. Identifying factors that counteract psychological distress among these students is vital to increasing their sense of well being. This study examined parental attachments as a buffer against psychological distress among African American college students. Results demonstrated that maternal figures who were overprotective and controlling perpetuated psychological distress, whereas paternal figures who were warm and caring served as a buffer against psychological distress. Implications for mental health providers and college student personnel are discussed. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: Counselors
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A