ERIC Number: EJ1033501
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-May
Abstractor: As Provided
Attitudes about Help-Seeking Mediate the Relation between Parent Attachment and Academic Adjustment in First-Year College Students
Holt, Laura J.
Journal of College Student Development, v55 n4 p418-423 May 2014
Although numerous studies have documented an association between parent attachment and college student adjustment, less is known about the mechanisms that underlie this relation. Accordingly, this short-term longitudinal study examined first-year college students' attitudes about academic help-seeking as one possible mechanism. As predicted, help-seeking attitudes mediated the relation between parent attachment and academic adjustment, even after controlling for gender and initial academic adjustment, with females holding more favorable attitudes about academic help-seeking. College personnel might explicitly encourage academic help-seeking in first-year students to maximize academic success and mitigate the effects of insecure attachment and gender-specific socialization.
Descriptors: College Students, Higher Education, Student Attitudes, Longitudinal Studies, Parent Child Relationship, Student Adjustment, Academic Achievement, Help Seeking, Surveys
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Inventory of Parent and Peer Attachment; Student Adaptation to College Questionnaire