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NCJ Number: 228826 Find in a Library
Title: Early Adolescent Attachment to Parents, Emotional Problems, and Teacher-Academic Worries About the Middle School Transition
Journal: Journal of Early Adolescence  Volume:29  Issue:5  Dated:October 2009  Pages:743-766
Author(s): Stephane Duchesne; Catherine F. Ratelle; Sarah-Caroline Poitras; Evelyne Drouin
Date Published: October 2009
Page Count: 24
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study investigated the links between attachment security to mother and father and the development of school worries related to the transition to middle school and whether this relationship was mediated through adolescents' emotional problems.
Abstract: Results of the study support the hypothesis that manifestations of emotional problems among adolescents play a mediating role in the link between attachment to parents and teacher-academic worries about the middle school transition. Specifically, the results show that attachment security to parents, especially the mother, predict fewer anxiety symptoms among adolescents, which in turn, lower levels of teacher-academic worries about the transition to middle school. Study implications and limitations were reported and discussed. In a sample of 626 young adolescents in sixth grade, this study examined how attachment to mother and father predicted worries about academic demands and relationships with teachers generated by the transition from elementary to middle school through its contribution to adolescents' emotional problems (depression and anxiety). Tables, figures, and references
Main Term(s): Adolescents at risk
Index Term(s): Childhood depression; Children at risk; Juvenile psychological evaluation; Parent-Child Relations; Parental influence; Psychological stress evaluator
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