Parental attachment, self-control, and depressive symptoms in Chinese and Italian adolescents: Test of a mediation model

Jianbin LI, Elisa DELVECCHIO, Adriana LIS, Yan-Gang NIE, Daniela DI RISO

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Abstract

The current study investigated the relationship between parental attachment and depressive symptoms as well as the mediating effect of self-control in two different cultures. Samples were 1305 Chinese and 1327 Italian adolescents. They completed the Inventory of Parental and Peer Attachment, the Self-Restraint Subscale of the Adolescents' Self-Consciousness Scale, and the Children's Depression Inventory that assessed parental attachment, self-control, and depressive symptoms, respectively. Results showed that: (1) Few cultural differences in depressive symptom were observed. (2) Parental attachment and self-control were negatively related to depressive symptoms in both cultures. (3) Self-control mediated the relations between parental attachment and depressive symptoms in both cultures. (4) The direct and indirect effects were invariant across cultures. In conclusion, parental attachment and self-control are important for adolescents' depressive symptoms in Chinese and Italian adolescents. Copyright © 2015 The Foundation for Professionals in Services for Adolescents. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)159-170
JournalJournal of Adolescence
Volume43
Early online date28 Jun 2015
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2015

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Li, J.-B., Delvecchio, E., Lis, A., Nie, Y.-G., & Di Riso, D. (2015). Parental attachment, self-control, and depressive symptoms in Chinese and Italian adolescents: Test of a mediation model. Journal of Adolescence, 43, 159-170. doi: 10.1016/j.adolescence.2015.06.006

Keywords

  • Depressive symptoms
  • Self-control
  • Parental attachment
  • Adolescents