Attachment patterns of young adults in stepfamilies and biological families

Planitz, Judith M., Feeney, Judith A. and Peterson, Candida C. (2009) Attachment patterns of young adults in stepfamilies and biological families. Journal of Family Studies, 15 1: 67-81. doi:10.5172/jfs.327.15.1.67

Author Planitz, Judith M.
Feeney, Judith A.
Peterson, Candida C.
Title Attachment patterns of young adults in stepfamilies and biological families
Journal name Journal of Family Studies   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1322-9400
Publication date 2009-04-01
Year available 2009
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.5172/jfs.327.15.1.67
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 15
Issue 1
Start page 67
End page 81
Total pages 15
Editor Lawrie Moloney
Liz Morrison
Place of publication Maleny, QLD, Australia
Publisher eContent Management
Language eng
Subject C1
17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
97 Expanding Knowledge
Abstract This research addressed the under-studied question of attachment patterns in stepfamilies. In total, 368 young adults participated in three studies assessing key aspects of attachment in stepfamilies and biological families (categorical attachment, working models, attachment dimensions and attachment figures). Stepfamily participants were less likely than biological family participants to endorse a categorical measure of secure attachment and had more negative mental models of others; however, participants did not differ on other measures of attachment. Participants' satisfaction with their relationship with their biological father mediated the association between family type and mental model of others. The results are discussed in terms of attachment theory, previous research on relationships in stepfamilies and implications for practice. In particular, they emphasise the importance of relationships with parents for the adjustment of offspring in stepfamilies.
Keyword stepfamilies
young adults
attachment figures
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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