Title

Maternal Depression Perceived During Adolescence and Attachment Security in Adulthood

Document Type

Oral Presentation

Campus where you would like to present

Ellensburg

Event Website

https://digitalcommons.cwu.edu/source

Start Date

16-5-2021

End Date

22-5-2021

Keywords

Attachment security, Maternal depression, Adults

Abstract

Previous literature has found that maternal depression and adversity can decrease the likelihood of the formation of a secure attachment in infants, but few studies have examined the association between maternal depression during adolescence and how it relates to adult attachment security. The purpose of this study was to examine if the perception of maternal depression during adolescence is related to adult attachment security. The current study examined the relationships between perception of maternal depression during adolescence, adult attachment security, and secondary caregiver involvement during adolescence among adults (N = 180) by implementing quantitative survey methods. The results indicated that maternal depression perceived during adolescence was associated with adult attachment security, and that secondary caregiver involvement during adolescence was not a statistically significant moderator. Findings suggest there is a need for more research examining the relationship between maternal depression perceived during later childhood and adult attachment security. Winner, Graduate Scholar of the Year Award.

Faculty Mentor(s)

Amy Claridge

Department/Program

Family and Consumer Sciences

Additional Mentoring Department

https://cwu.studentopportunitycenter.com/maternal-depression-perceived-during-adolescence-and-attachment-security-in-adulthood/

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May 16th, 12:00 PM May 22nd, 12:00 PM

Maternal Depression Perceived During Adolescence and Attachment Security in Adulthood

Ellensburg

Previous literature has found that maternal depression and adversity can decrease the likelihood of the formation of a secure attachment in infants, but few studies have examined the association between maternal depression during adolescence and how it relates to adult attachment security. The purpose of this study was to examine if the perception of maternal depression during adolescence is related to adult attachment security. The current study examined the relationships between perception of maternal depression during adolescence, adult attachment security, and secondary caregiver involvement during adolescence among adults (N = 180) by implementing quantitative survey methods. The results indicated that maternal depression perceived during adolescence was associated with adult attachment security, and that secondary caregiver involvement during adolescence was not a statistically significant moderator. Findings suggest there is a need for more research examining the relationship between maternal depression perceived during later childhood and adult attachment security. Winner, Graduate Scholar of the Year Award.

https://digitalcommons.cwu.edu/source/2021/CEPS/23