Chinese adolescents' psychosocial adjustment: The contribution of mothers' attachment style and adolescents' attachment to mother

Jianbin LI, Yijia GUO, Elisa DELVECCHIO, Claudia MAZZESCHI

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Abstract

Drawing on attachment theory, this study examined the associations among mothers' self-report attachment styles (i.e., anxiety and avoidance), adolescents' attachment to mother, and adolescents' psychosocial adjustment (i.e., psychological difficulties, prosocial behavior, and self-control) in 425 Chinese mother–adolescent dyads. The results of path analysis based on the total sample showed that adolescents' attachment to mother mediated the association between mothers' avoidant, but not anxious, attachment style and adolescents' psychosocial adjustment. Moreover, the results based on multigroup comparison suggested that while adolescents' attachment to mother significantly mediated the "avoidant attachment–psychosocial adjustment" link for both early and middle adolescents, it significantly mediated the "anxious attachment–psychosocial adjustment" link only for middle adolescents. In addition, the association between mothers' anxious attachment and adolescents' attachment to mother was larger for middle than for early adolescents, while the association between adolescents' attachment to mother and self-control was larger for early than for middle adolescents. These findings implicate the importance of mothers' and adolescents' secure attachment to positive youth development. Copyright © 2020 The Author(s).
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2597-2619
JournalJournal of Social and Personal Relationships
Volume37
Issue number8-9
Early online dateJun 2020
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2020

Citation

Li, J.-B., Guo, Y.-J., Delvecchio, E., & Mazzeschi, C. (2020). Chinese adolescents' psychosocial adjustment: The contribution of mothers' attachment style and adolescents' attachment to mother. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 37(8-9), 2597-2619. doi: 10.1177/0265407520932667

Keywords

  • Anxious attachment
  • Avoidant attachment
  • Chinese
  • Parent–child relationship
  • Prosocial behavior
  • Psychological difficulties
  • Self-control
  • PG student publication

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