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Influence of Maternal Attachment on Adolescents' Adjustment as Perceived by Middle School Students: The Moderation Effect of Paternal Attachment
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  • Journal title : Korean Journal of Child Studies
  • Volume 37, Issue 3,  2016, pp.27-38
  • Publisher : Korean Association of Child Studies
  • DOI : 10.5723/kjcs.2016.37.3.27
 Title & Authors
Influence of Maternal Attachment on Adolescents' Adjustment as Perceived by Middle School Students: The Moderation Effect of Paternal Attachment
Choi, Kyuha; Kim, Min-Hee;
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Objective: This study examined the influence of maternal attachment on adjustment in adolescence and investigated whether paternal attachment had any moderating effects on the relationship between maternal attachment and adjustment in adolescence. Methods: The participants of this study were 300 second graders from two middle schools in Seoul. We measured paternal and maternal attachment as perceived by the participants, adjustment in adolescence through school life adjustment, depression, and relational aggression. The study applied correlation analysis and hierarchical regression analysis suggested by Baron and Kenny (1986). Results: First, participants with high parental attachment showed high levels of school life adjustment, low level of depression, and low levels of relational aggression, demonstrating healthy psycho-social adjustment in adolescence. Second, paternal attachment played a facilitating role in the process of high maternal attachment's positive influence on school life adjustment. Third, paternal attachment mitigated the process of low maternal attachment's negative influence on depression. Conclusion: Our findings highlight the importance of emotional communication, support, and intimacy between parents and children in middle school. Furthermore, it emphasized the importance of the paternal role and involvement in the mother-child relationship.
maternal attachment;paternal attachment;school life adjustment;depression;relational aggression;
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