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A Relationship between Parent and Peer Attachment and Psychological Well-Being of University Students in Late Adolescence
- The relation between parent and peer attachment and psychological well-being in late adolescence was examined using a measure of the Myanmar Inventory of Parent and Peer Attachment (MIPPA). Data were gathered from 310 (150 male and 160 female) undergraduate students at the Yadanapon University, along with Kyaukse University. A hierarchical regression model was employed to investigate the association between quality of attachment and self esteem, life-satisfaction, and affective status. As hypothesized, perceived quality of both parent and peer attachment was significantly related to psychological well-being. Results indicated that adolescents classified as highly securely attached reported greater satisfaction with themselves, and less symptomatic response to stressful life events. While negative life change was independently related to well-being, the results indicate considerable discrepancy between those adolescents securely attached to parents and those with low security in the strength of association between negative life change and symptomatology. This pattern was not evident for the two categories of peer attachment. Such data suggest that those adolescents characterized by low security to parents may be more vulnerable to the deleterious effects of such damage on well-being.
Yin Yin Lin
Khin Mar Mar
- Universities Research Journal