ERIC Number: EJ1228223
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019-Jun
Abstractor: As Provided
Maternal and Paternal Bonding and Self-Esteem as Predictors of Psychological Distress among Male and Female Adolescents
Curcio, Angela L.; Mak, Anita S.; George, Amanda M.
Journal of Psychologists and Counsellors in Schools, v29 n1 p54-68 Jun 2019
While poor parental bonding has been linked with psychological distress, few studies have assessed bonding with mothers and fathers separately among adolescents and whether there are gender differences in the relationships between bonding and psychological distress. Additionally, low self-esteem has been shown to predict psychological distress, but low self-esteem may develop as a result of poor bonding with parental figures. We explored the relationships between (a) perceived maternal and paternal bonding factors and (b) psychological distress, and examined whether self-esteem mediated these relationships in a non-clinical sample of 337 adolescents (aged 13-17 years, M = 14.17, 50.6% female) in Canberra, Australia. Relative to males, females reported lower levels of self-esteem and higher levels of psychological distress. For females, low self-esteem and perceived maternal or paternal rejection predicted higher levels of psychological distress, whereas low self-esteem predicted psychological distress for males. Implications for future research and further considerations are discussed.
Descriptors: Adolescents, Parent Child Relationship, Mothers, Fathers, Psychological Patterns, Self Esteem, Predictor Variables, Gender Differences, Attachment Behavior, Rejection (Psychology), Foreign Countries
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Identifiers - Location: Australia