Problem behaviors in adolescence: The opposite role played by insecure attachment and commitment strength.

Carla Zappulla, Ugo Pace

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Abstract

In this study we examined the relations between insecure attachment styles, commitment and behavioral problems, focusing on the unique and common contribution that avoidant and anxious styles and commitment made to internalizing and externalizing problems. 535 adolescents, 267 boysand 268 girls, aged from 16 to 18 years, completed self-report measures of attachment, identity and problem behaviors. The data showed that both internalizing and externalizing problems were positively related to insecure attachment styles and negatively to commitment. Results supported aunique contribution of both insecure styles to the prediction of internalizing and externalizing problems, whereas commitment negatively predicted only internalizing behaviors. The data supported a joint effect of avoidant attachment and commitment such that commitment contributed to moderatethe display of internalizing and externalizing problems among avoidant adolescents.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Child and Family Studies
Volume22
Publication statusPublished - 2011

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies

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