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Relationship of attachment and social support to college students' adjustment following a relationship breakup

Hatch, Katharine D.; Moller, Naomi P.; Fouladi, Rachel T.; McCarthy, Christopher J.

Authors

Katharine D. Hatch

Naomi P. Moller naomi.moller@uwe.ac.uk

Rachel T. Fouladi

Christopher J. McCarthy



Abstract

Two constructs integral to adolescent development, continuing parental attachment and social support, were investigated to assess whether the constructs are differentially related to indices of adjustment following a romantic relationship breakup. Participants were 241 undergraduate students (M age = 20.62 years, 61% female, 39% male) with a relationship breakup within the last year. As hypothesized, hierarchical regression analyses showed that current attachment levels were related to the outcome variables. Indices of social support accounted for additional variance only when broadly conceptualized as perceived connection to the social environment, rather than perceived support from family and friends. Implications for counseling are discussed.

Journal Article Type Review
Publication Date Jan 1, 2003
Journal Journal of Counseling and Development
Print ISSN 0748-9633
Publisher Wiley
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 81
Issue 3
Pages 354-369
APA6 Citation Hatch, K. D., Moller, N. P., Fouladi, R. T., McCarthy, C. J., & Hatch, K. D. (2003). Relationship of attachment and social support to college students' adjustment following a relationship breakup. Journal of Counseling and Development, 81(3), 354-369. https://doi.org/10.1002/j.1556-6678.2003.tb00262.x
DOI https://doi.org/10.1002/j.1556-6678.2003.tb00262.x
Keywords college students, social support, attachment, relationship breakup
Publisher URL http://dx.doi.org/ 10.1002/j.1556-6678.2003.tb00262.x




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