The research described in this article was supported by grants from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (#410-98-0892).
Adolescent Parental Attachment and Academic Motivation and Performance in Early Adolescence1
Version of Record online: 26 JUN 2007
Journal of Applied Social Psychology
Volume 37, Issue 7, pages 1501–1521, July 2007
How to Cite
Duchesne, S. and Larose, S. (2007), Adolescent Parental Attachment and Academic Motivation and Performance in Early Adolescence. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 37: 1501–1521. doi: 10.1111/j.1559-1816.2007.00224.x
- Issue online: 26 JUN 2007
- Version of Record online: 26 JUN 2007
In this study, the links between adolescents' attachment to parents and academic motivation and performance were examined while considering problem behaviors and perceived teacher support as potential mediators of those links. Participants were 121 early adolescents who completed the Inventory of Parent and Peer Attachment (IPPA) to assess the quality of attachment to their mothers and fathers. Adolescents' attachment to both parents was positively associated with academic motivation. These significant links were mediated by adolescents' perceptions of support from teachers. Results are discussed in light of the different mechanisms that can relate attachment quality to adolescents' academic motivation and performance.