ERIC Number: EJ743865
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
The Relationship between Attachment to Parents and Psychological Separation in College Students
Schwartz, Jonathan P.; Buboltz, Walter C.
Journal of College Student Development, v45 n5 p566-577 Sep-Oct 2004
The purpose of this study was to investigate the relationship between attachment to parents and psychological separation in college students. Three hundred sixty-eight undergraduate students completed the Inventory of Parent and Peer Attachment (Armsden & Greenberg, 1987) and the Psychological Separation Inventory (Hoffman, 1984). Results suggest an association with the attachment variables of low trust and high positive communication and psychological separation from parents, with the exception of independence from conflict, for both men and women. For men to psychologically separate, it was also important to have low alienation from fathers. Implications of the results are discussed.
Descriptors: Parents, Undergraduate Students, Parent Student Relationship, Attachment Behavior, Separation Anxiety, Measures (Individuals), Association (Psychology), Alienation, Gender Differences
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Inventory of Parent and Peer Attachment