Familism and depressive symptoms among Italian adolescents: The mediating effect of parental attachment

Jianbin LI, Adriana LIS, Elisa DELVECCHIO

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Abstract

Familism refers to “a culturally grounded way of valuing family that emphasizes an ideal for family relationships to be warm, close, and supportive and that family be prioritized over self”. It is considered a core value of Latino culture and a crucial protective factor of psychological health among Latino populations. However, scant research has addressed the possible value of familism and the association between familism and psychological health and the underpinning mechanisms among Italian adolescents. The current study aimed to test the relation of familism to depressive symptoms and the mediating effect of parental attachment in an Italian adolescent sample. Participants (N = 513) completed self-report measures assessing familism, parental attachment, and depressive symptoms. Results of the total effect model showed that familism was negatively related to depressive symptoms. In the indirect effect model, it was found that the relationship between familism and depressive symptoms was mediated by both maternal attachment and paternal attachment. Moreover, results of multi-group path analyses revealed that the associations among familism, parental attachment, and depressive symptoms did not differ by sex but by developmental period (i.e., early- vs. middle adolescence). In conclusion, this research suggests the protective role of familism in Italian adolescents' depressive symptoms. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)130-136
JournalChildren and Youth Services Review
Volume71
Early online date05 Nov 2016
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2016

Citation

Li, J.-B., Lis, A., & Delvecchio, E. (2016). Familism and depressive symptoms among Italian adolescents: The mediating effect of parental attachment. Children and Youth Services Review, 71, 130-136. doi: 10.1016/j.childyouth.2016.11.002.

Keywords

  • Depressive symptoms
  • Familism
  • Allocentrism-idiocentrism
  • Attachment
  • Adolescents

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