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Beschreibung des Verlags

The primary purpose of this study was to explore the parent, peer, and romantic attachment styles of both parentingand nonparenting adolescents. Do parenting adolescents differ from nonparenting adolescents in their attachment to their parents and peers as well as to their romantic partners? The secondary purpose of the study was to examine whether selected demographic variables, parent, and peer attachment predict the romantic attachment styles of adolescents. A convenience sample of 190 (81 parenting and 109 nonparenting) adolescents were recruited and participated in the current study. The short form of The Inventory of Parent and Peer Attachment (IPPA) developed by Armsden and Greenberg (1987) was used to measure attachment to parents and peers and three approaches were used to measure adolescent romantic attachment: a categorical, a multi-item measure based on Bartholomew and Horowitz’s (1991), and a continuous scale. The results of the present study indicate that parent and peer attachment are not only related to each other (interdependent) but also influence romantic attachment during adolescence. The present study also found some differences in attachment styles between parenting and nonparenting adolescents. Overall, parenting adolescents were more likely to be in a more vulnerable position. They reported having less communication with their peers and were less secure in their romantic attachment style than nonprinting adolescents. The summaries of important results found in the present study are follows: 1. Nonparenting adolescents reported having more communication with their peers/friends than their parenting adolescent counterparts. 2. Parentingadolescents were more likely to have a dismissing romantic attachment style and nonparenting adolescents are more likely to have a secure romantic attachment style. 3. Romantic attachment was largely predicted by parent and peer Alienation. Adolescents who felt less alienated from their mother as well as their friends had more secure romantic attachment. Implications and recommendations for future research are presented.

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