Attachment and lonliness in adolescence

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The present study investigated the relationship between adolescent attachments and adolescent loneliness. Specifically, the study explored age and gender differences in parent and peer attachment and in parent and peer related loneliness. Instruments employed were The Louvain Loneliness scale for Children and Adolescents and the Inventory of Parent and Peer Attachment. Pearson1 s Product Moment Correlation revealed a significant, high correlation between parent attachment and parent loneliness, and a significant, moderate correlation between peer attachment and peer loneliness. A 2 X 2 Multivariate Analysis of Variance resulted in significant gender and grade effects. Females reported more secure peer attachments than males. Significant grade differences were found for parent- and peer-related loneliness and peer attachment, but not for parent attachment. Grade 12 students reported less parent- and peer-related loneliness, than did Grade 8 students. Grade 12 students reported more secure attachments with peers than did the Grade 8 students.
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