The study examined adolescents’ emotional separation and detachment from parents, analyzing their relations with connectedness andagency, with some aspects of self–other boundary regulation and with problem behavior. The participants were 331 Italian adolescents,aged from 16 to 19 years (mean age ¼ 17.40, SD ¼ 1.14). Separation and detachment were positively related; they were negativelyrelated to connectedness; detachment was also negatively associated to agency. Emotional separation was negatively predicted byempathic concern, perspective-taking and separate self; emotional detachment was negatively predicted by empathic concern and self–otherdifferentiation. Separation negatively predicted internalizing behavior, and detachment positively predicted internalizing and externalizingbehavior. Globally, findings showed that emotional separation and detachment are two distinct dimensions of the parent–adolescentrelationship.
|Numero di pagine||11|
|Rivista||International Journal of Behavioral Development|
|Stato di pubblicazione||Published - 2011|
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