Parent and peer attachment in early adolescent depression

Gay C. Armsden, Elizabeth McCauley, Mark T. Greenberg, Patrick M. Burke, Jeffrey R. Mitchell

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

257 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

Insecure attachment relations have been theorized to play a significant role in the development of depressogenic modes of adaptation and to thus form a vulnerability factor for the emergence of depressive disorder in children. This study examined security of parent and peer attachment among four groups of early adolescents: clinically depressed, nondepressed psychiatric controls, nonpsychiatric controls, and adolescents with resolved depression. Depressed adolescents reported significantly less secure parent attachment than either of the control groups, and less secure peer attachment than the nonpsychiatric control group. Attachment security of adolescents with resolved depression was on a par with the nonpsychiatric control group. Among all psychiatric patients, security of attachment to parents was negatively correlated with severity of depression according to interview and selfreport ratings. Less secure attachment to parents, but generally not to peers, was also related to more maladaptive attributional styles, presence of separation anxiety disorder, and history of suicidal ideation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)683-697
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Abnormal Child Psychology
Volume18
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 1990

Fingerprint

Depression
Control Groups
Psychiatry
Parents
Separation Anxiety
Suicidal Ideation
Depressive Disorder
Interviews

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

Cite this

Armsden, G. C., McCauley, E., Greenberg, M. T., Burke, P. M., & Mitchell, J. R. (1990). Parent and peer attachment in early adolescent depression. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 18(6), 683-697. https://doi.org/10.1007/BF01342754
Armsden, Gay C. ; McCauley, Elizabeth ; Greenberg, Mark T. ; Burke, Patrick M. ; Mitchell, Jeffrey R. / Parent and peer attachment in early adolescent depression. In: Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology. 1990 ; Vol. 18, No. 6. pp. 683-697.
@article{e8e00a50bd4447b4839795b36e0d087c,
title = "Parent and peer attachment in early adolescent depression",
abstract = "Insecure attachment relations have been theorized to play a significant role in the development of depressogenic modes of adaptation and to thus form a vulnerability factor for the emergence of depressive disorder in children. This study examined security of parent and peer attachment among four groups of early adolescents: clinically depressed, nondepressed psychiatric controls, nonpsychiatric controls, and adolescents with resolved depression. Depressed adolescents reported significantly less secure parent attachment than either of the control groups, and less secure peer attachment than the nonpsychiatric control group. Attachment security of adolescents with resolved depression was on a par with the nonpsychiatric control group. Among all psychiatric patients, security of attachment to parents was negatively correlated with severity of depression according to interview and selfreport ratings. Less secure attachment to parents, but generally not to peers, was also related to more maladaptive attributional styles, presence of separation anxiety disorder, and history of suicidal ideation.",
author = "Armsden, {Gay C.} and Elizabeth McCauley and Greenberg, {Mark T.} and Burke, {Patrick M.} and Mitchell, {Jeffrey R.}",
year = "1990",
month = "12",
day = "1",
doi = "10.1007/BF01342754",
language = "English (US)",
volume = "18",
pages = "683--697",
journal = "Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology",
issn = "0091-0627",
publisher = "Springer New York",
number = "6",

}

Armsden, GC, McCauley, E, Greenberg, MT, Burke, PM & Mitchell, JR 1990, 'Parent and peer attachment in early adolescent depression', Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, vol. 18, no. 6, pp. 683-697. https://doi.org/10.1007/BF01342754

Parent and peer attachment in early adolescent depression. / Armsden, Gay C.; McCauley, Elizabeth; Greenberg, Mark T.; Burke, Patrick M.; Mitchell, Jeffrey R.

In: Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, Vol. 18, No. 6, 01.12.1990, p. 683-697.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

TY - JOUR

T1 - Parent and peer attachment in early adolescent depression

AU - Armsden, Gay C.

AU - McCauley, Elizabeth

AU - Greenberg, Mark T.

AU - Burke, Patrick M.

AU - Mitchell, Jeffrey R.

PY - 1990/12/1

Y1 - 1990/12/1

N2 - Insecure attachment relations have been theorized to play a significant role in the development of depressogenic modes of adaptation and to thus form a vulnerability factor for the emergence of depressive disorder in children. This study examined security of parent and peer attachment among four groups of early adolescents: clinically depressed, nondepressed psychiatric controls, nonpsychiatric controls, and adolescents with resolved depression. Depressed adolescents reported significantly less secure parent attachment than either of the control groups, and less secure peer attachment than the nonpsychiatric control group. Attachment security of adolescents with resolved depression was on a par with the nonpsychiatric control group. Among all psychiatric patients, security of attachment to parents was negatively correlated with severity of depression according to interview and selfreport ratings. Less secure attachment to parents, but generally not to peers, was also related to more maladaptive attributional styles, presence of separation anxiety disorder, and history of suicidal ideation.

AB - Insecure attachment relations have been theorized to play a significant role in the development of depressogenic modes of adaptation and to thus form a vulnerability factor for the emergence of depressive disorder in children. This study examined security of parent and peer attachment among four groups of early adolescents: clinically depressed, nondepressed psychiatric controls, nonpsychiatric controls, and adolescents with resolved depression. Depressed adolescents reported significantly less secure parent attachment than either of the control groups, and less secure peer attachment than the nonpsychiatric control group. Attachment security of adolescents with resolved depression was on a par with the nonpsychiatric control group. Among all psychiatric patients, security of attachment to parents was negatively correlated with severity of depression according to interview and selfreport ratings. Less secure attachment to parents, but generally not to peers, was also related to more maladaptive attributional styles, presence of separation anxiety disorder, and history of suicidal ideation.

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=0025694793&partnerID=8YFLogxK

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/citedby.url?scp=0025694793&partnerID=8YFLogxK

U2 - 10.1007/BF01342754

DO - 10.1007/BF01342754

M3 - Article

C2 - 2074346

AN - SCOPUS:0025694793

VL - 18

SP - 683

EP - 697

JO - Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology

JF - Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology

SN - 0091-0627

IS - 6

ER -

Armsden GC, McCauley E, Greenberg MT, Burke PM, Mitchell JR. Parent and peer attachment in early adolescent depression. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology. 1990 Dec 1;18(6):683-697. https://doi.org/10.1007/BF01342754