An Investigation of the Factors Related to Low Parent–Adolescent Attachment Security in Taiwan

Chen Jung Chen, Huei Chuan Sung, Yi Chang Chen, Chih Hung Wang

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BACKGROUND: Adolescence may involve increases in many behavioral problems and psychosocial maladaptation. Adolescents must successfully cope with these challenges to achieve positive developmental milestones. OBJECTIVES: To investigate whether low parental attachment security among adolescents in Taiwan is associated with their demographic characteristics, psychosocial maladaptation, and depression. DESIGN: A cross-sectional survey. A total of 335 adolescents completed the questionnaires. The Inventory of Parent and Peer Attachment, the Chinese version of the Youth Self-Report, and the Beck Depression Inventory–II were used to survey the participants. Correlation and multiple linear regressions, using low attachment security as the response variable, were used in the statistical analysis. RESULTS: The prevalence of Taiwanese adolescents with low parental attachment security was 38.5%. Low parental attachment security in adolescents was significantly associated with parental remarriage status and psychosocial maladaptation. CONCLUSIONS: By considering these risk factors, nursing educators and nurses could develop effective interventions to strengthen parent–adolescent attachment security.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)332-342
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Jul 1

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Phychiatric Mental Health

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