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NCJ Number: 135825 Find in a Library
Title: Relation of Attachments and Supports to Adolescent Well-being and School Adjustment
Journal: Journal of Adolescent Research  Volume:7  Issue:1  Dated:(January 1992)  Pages:28-42
Author(s): J L Cotterell
Date Published: 1992
Page Count: 5
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Information from 29 male and 28 female adolescents from working class or lower middle class, white, Australian families formed the basis of an analysis of the relationship between adolescents' adjustment and their supportive relations with parents, peers, and teachers.
Abstract: The study linked Bowlby's concept of social attachment with social network theory and its concept of social support. The youths averaged 15 years and 11 months of age. They completed three, self-report instruments which measured psychological well-being and academic adjustment; social support; and attachments to parents, friends, and teachers. Results showed that within each of the three support systems, only moderate relationships existed between the number of supports and the strength of attachment to members of the respective support systems. In addition, fewer relationships were found between supports and adjustment than between attachments and adjustment. For both sexes, the strength of attachments to parents and to teachers was associated with young people's positive feelings about themselves. Network ties providing informational support (encouragement, guidance, and advice) were related to youths' academic outcomes in different ways for males and females. Tables, notes, and 50 references (Author abstract modified)
Main Term(s): Adolescent attitudes; Parent-Child Relations
Index Term(s): Australia; Foreign juvenile delinquency; Peer influences on behavior; School maladjustment; Self concept
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