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Adolescent Parental Attachment and Academic Motivation and Performance in Early Adolescence1

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  • Stéphane Duchesne,

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    1. Research Unit on Children's Psycho-Social Maladjustment Laval University Laval, Québec, Canada
      Correspondence concerning this article should be addressed to Stéphane Duchesne or Simon Larose, Faculty of Education Sciences, Laval University, Laval, Québec, Canada G1K 7P4.
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  • Simon Larose

    1. Research Unit on Children's Psycho-Social Maladjustment Laval University Laval, Québec, Canada
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    The research described in this article was supported by grants from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (#410-98-0892).

Correspondence concerning this article should be addressed to Stéphane Duchesne or Simon Larose, Faculty of Education Sciences, Laval University, Laval, Québec, Canada G1K 7P4.

Abstract

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.

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