Parental Attachment and Adolescent Self-harm:: A multidimensional approach examining patterns of attachment in relation to self-harm
Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
The study explored maternal and paternal attachment, taking a multidimensional approach, in relation to adolescent self-harm. Based on adolescents’ perception of their mothers and fathers availability, anger, and empathy, we examined what contribution of attachment was most predictive of self-harm separately and simultaneously. The sample included 564 Canadian high school students in grade 8 to 12. The quantitative survey was conducted on computers, and was from a three year longitudinal study, using the second and third annual assessments. Cross-sectionally, the results suggested low parental availability, anger toward mothers, and low empathy toward fathers to be related to self-harm. Longitudinal analysis did not support the hypotheses. In sum, attachment to mothers and fathers both contributed to the understanding of adolescent self-harm.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. , 32 p.
attachment, multidimensional approach, self-harm behavior, adolescent
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-52801OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-52801DiVA: diva2:1033096
Subject / course
Tilton-Weaver, Lauree, Professor