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Parenting and Adolescent Attachment

Jago, Madeleine; (2019) Parenting and Adolescent Attachment. Doctoral thesis (D.Clin.Psy), UCL (University College London). Green open access

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Abstract

AIMS: This study aimed to identify what aspects of parenting explain variation in adolescent attachment and whether parenting mediates the impact of the quality of the parental couple relationship on adolescent attachment. // METHOD: Participants were 329 adolescents with a mean age of 15 years and their parents, selected from a sub-sample of participants in the Twins Early Development Study. Parenting was assessed with an observed interaction task and parents’ self-reports. Attachment was assessed using the Child Attachment Interview, a narrative measure of attachment security. Parental couple relationship quality was assessed with parents’ self-reports of conflict tactics. // RESULTS: The results showed that 11% of the variation in adolescent attachment was accounted for by parenting. Significant predictors amongst the parenting variables were an observational measure of communication and engagement and a parent-reported measure of involvement. There was no evidence of a mediating pathway between parental couple relationship quality and attachment via parenting behaviour. // CONCLUSIONS: Parents who are involved in their children’s lives and demonstrate good communication skills fostering an autonomous but connected relationship have more securely attached adolescents. This adds to our understanding about the possible antecedents of adolescent attachment and can inform clinical interventions aimed at improving attachment security.

Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Qualification: D.Clin.Psy
Title: Parenting and Adolescent Attachment
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright © The Author 2019. Original content in this thesis is licensed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) Licence (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/). Any third-party copyright material present remains the property of its respective owner(s) and is licensed under its existing terms. Access may initially be restricted at the author’s request.
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10082174
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