Parental Attachment, Cognitive Working Models, and Depression Among African American College Students


  • Acknowledgments are extended to Laverne Berkel, Mal Linville, and Johanna Nilsson for their evaluation and input.

concerning this article should be addressed to Keisha M. Love, Department of Educational, School, and Counseling Psychology, University of Kentucky, 241 Dickey Hall, Lexington, KY 40511 (e-mail:


In an attempt to understand the cognitive mechanisms by which parental attachments predict depression among African American college students, the authors examined a mediational path model containing parental attachment, cognitive working models, and depression. The model demonstrated a close fit to the data, and several significant paths emerged. The authors provide recommendations for counselors practicing in college counseling centers and suggest directions for future research.