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This study examined adolescent attachment to parents and peers and its relation to their self-esteem. Attachment to parents and peers was operationalized with the Inventory of Parent and Peer Attachment (IPP A) by Greensberg and Armsden ( 1987) and self-esteem was operationalized by the Rosenberg Self-Esteem Scale (RSE). A convenient, volunteer sample was used from a high school in a suburban area of St. Charles County, Missouri. The 127 adolescents ranged in age from 15 to 19 with an average age of 16 years. The sample included 120 Caucasians (94.4%), 5 African Americans (4%), 1 Hispanic (.8%), and 1 Asian (.8%). The participants were administered the IPPA and RSE in a normal classroom setting by their teacher only after their parent permission forms were returned. Parent and peer attachment were found to be significant predictors of adolescent self- esteem. Girls showed a higher level of parental attachment to their mothers compared to the boys, while boys showed a higher level of parental attachment to their fathers than the girls. Girls also reflected a higher degree of peer attachment than the boys. Implications and findings of the results will be further discussed.
Cervenka, Julie A., "A Study of the Relationship of Adolescent Self-Esteem with Parental and Peer Attachment" (1999). Theses. 197.
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