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Transition of attachment hierarchy from early to late adolescence

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Year of publication 2017
Type Appeared in Conference without Proceedings
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Faculty of Social Studies

Description The primary attachment figure shifts from parents to romantic partners in the course of development. The present study employed longitudinal data to examine how this developmental shift occurs during adolescence.Participants were 210 Czech adolescents (mean age=14.02, SD=2.05; females=54%) in four different cohorts: 6th graders (n=43), 8th graders (n=71), 10th graders (n=57), and 12th graders (n=39). They respond to our questionnaires approximately every month since October 2016 until September 2018. Using the Important People Interview (Rosenthal & Kobak, 2010), we ask adolescents to rank order their attachment figures in 3 circumstances (1=general closeness, 2=separation distress, and 3=emergency situation). During adolescence, people transfer their attachment preference from parents through friends to romantic partner. It was found that a small group of adolescents seem to directly transfer their primary attachment figure from parents to romantic partner. However, the majority of adolescents prefer their friends in their transition of their primary attachment figure.
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