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A Longitudinal Examination of Parental Attachment, College Adjustment, and Academic Achievement


Author(s): Kolkhorst, B. B., Yazedjian, A., & Towes, M. L.

Citation: Kolkhorst, B. B., Yazedjian, A., & Towes, M. L. (2010). A Longitudinal Examination of Parental Attachment, College Adjustment, and Academic Achievement. Journal of The First-Year Experience & Students in Transition, 22(1), 9-25.

 

Abstract

This study examined the connection between the parent-adult child attachment relationship, adjustment, and achievement among a sample of 168 college students and explored how the attachment relationship changed over time . Our findings indicated the attachment variables were all positively related to adjustment to college during years one and three . However, different attachment variables were positively related to GPA in years one and three, suggesting an evolution takes place in the parent-adult child relationship during college . Despite these significant correlations, regression analyses revealed that the quality of the parent-adult child relationship was the only significant predictor of adjustment during year one, and none of the variables were statistically significant predictors of adjustment during year three . As for GPA, none of the variables significantly contributed to the variance in GPA during year one, and the quality of the parent-adult child relationship was the only predictor of GPA in year three.

 

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