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Attachment Styles and Well-Being in Adolescents: How Does Emotional Development Affect This Relationship?

Department of Personality, Assessment and Psychological Treatment, Faculty of Psychology, University of Valencia, 46010 València, Spain
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16(14), 2554; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph16142554
Received: 15 May 2019 / Revised: 9 July 2019 / Accepted: 11 July 2019 / Published: 17 July 2019
Attachment relationships with parents, as well as emotional competencies, are protective factors against stress and other physical, mental, and relational health symptoms in adolescence. In this paper, we will examine the mediating role of emotional competencies in the relationship between attachment to parents and the well-being of adolescents, taking into account the influence of gender. There were 1276 Spanish adolescents between 12 and 15 years old (M = 13.48; SD = 1.09). We measured mother and father attachment relationships (trust, communication and alienation), emotional competencies (perceive and understand emotions, label and express emotions, manage and regulate emotions), and adolescent well-being using the indicators: somatic complaints, stress, satisfaction with life and affectivity. Descriptive analyses, Pearson correlations, and a multi-group path analysis were performed. The results indicated that emotional competencies partially mediate the relationship between attachment to parents and well-being variables. Attachment to one’s mother and father, along with emotional competencies, are relevant variables in adolescent well-being. This highlights the importance of understanding the protective factors of well-being in adolescence, a time when levels of well-being are reduced compared to childhood. View Full-Text
Keywords: attachment to parents; emotional competencies; well-being; adolescence attachment to parents; emotional competencies; well-being; adolescence
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Mónaco, E.; Schoeps, K.; Montoya-Castilla, I. Attachment Styles and Well-Being in Adolescents: How Does Emotional Development Affect This Relationship? Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16, 2554. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph16142554

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Mónaco E, Schoeps K, Montoya-Castilla I. Attachment Styles and Well-Being in Adolescents: How Does Emotional Development Affect This Relationship? International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2019; 16(14):2554. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph16142554

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Mónaco, Estefanía, Konstanze Schoeps, and Inmaculada Montoya-Castilla. 2019. "Attachment Styles and Well-Being in Adolescents: How Does Emotional Development Affect This Relationship?" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 16, no. 14: 2554. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph16142554

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