ERIC Number: EJ948077
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Dec
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Reference Count: 62
Shifts in Attachment Relationships: A Study of Adolescents in Wilderness Treatment
Bettmann, Joanna E.; Tucker, Anita R.
Child & Youth Care Forum, v40 n6 p499-519 Dec 2011
This study examined shifts in adolescents' attachment relationships with parents and peers during a 7-week wilderness therapy program. Ninety-six adolescents, aged 14-17, completed three quantitative measurements evaluating attachment relationships with mother, father and peers pre and post treatment. Adolescents reported improved attachment relationships in terms of decreased anger and increased emotional connection towards parents. Results also showed adolescents' more troubled attachment relationships in terms of trust and communication with parents by the end of treatment. Adolescents reported similarly mixed results in both a positive and negative direction regarding peers. These findings indicate the complexity of parent-adolescent relationships particularly considered in the context of out-of-home care and point to the importance of continued exploration in this area.
Descriptors: Attachment Behavior, Adolescents, Outdoor Education, Parent Child Relationship, Peer Relationship, Mothers, Fathers, Program Evaluation, Program Effectiveness, Emotional Response, Psychological Patterns, Trust (Psychology), Interpersonal Communication
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