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Attachment to Parents and Depressive Symptoms in College Students: The Mediating Role of Initial Emotional Adjustment and Psychological Needs

Sanja Smojver-Ažić ; Department of Psychology, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences,University of Rijeka
Tamara Martinac Dorčić ; Department of Psychology, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences,University of Rijeka
Ivanka Živčić-Bećirević ; Department of Psychology, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences,University of Rijeka

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APA 6th Edition
Smojver-Ažić, S., Martinac Dorčić, T. & Živčić-Bećirević, I. (2015). Attachment to Parents and Depressive Symptoms in College Students: The Mediating Role of Initial Emotional Adjustment and Psychological Needs. Psihologijske teme, 24 (1), 135-153. Retrieved from https://hrcak.srce.hr/138414
MLA 8th Edition
Smojver-Ažić, Sanja, et al. "Attachment to Parents and Depressive Symptoms in College Students: The Mediating Role of Initial Emotional Adjustment and Psychological Needs." Psihologijske teme, vol. 24, no. 1, 2015, pp. 135-153. https://hrcak.srce.hr/138414. Accessed 22 Oct. 2021.
Chicago 17th Edition
Smojver-Ažić, Sanja, Tamara Martinac Dorčić and Ivanka Živčić-Bećirević. "Attachment to Parents and Depressive Symptoms in College Students: The Mediating Role of Initial Emotional Adjustment and Psychological Needs." Psihologijske teme 24, no. 1 (2015): 135-153. https://hrcak.srce.hr/138414
Harvard
Smojver-Ažić, S., Martinac Dorčić, T., and Živčić-Bećirević, I. (2015). 'Attachment to Parents and Depressive Symptoms in College Students: The Mediating Role of Initial Emotional Adjustment and Psychological Needs', Psihologijske teme, 24(1), pp. 135-153. Available at: https://hrcak.srce.hr/138414 (Accessed 22 October 2021)
Vancouver
Smojver-Ažić S, Martinac Dorčić T, Živčić-Bećirević I. Attachment to Parents and Depressive Symptoms in College Students: The Mediating Role of Initial Emotional Adjustment and Psychological Needs. Psihologijske teme [Internet]. 2015 [cited 2021 October 22];24(1):135-153. Available from: https://hrcak.srce.hr/138414
IEEE
S. Smojver-Ažić, T. Martinac Dorčić and I. Živčić-Bećirević, "Attachment to Parents and Depressive Symptoms in College Students: The Mediating Role of Initial Emotional Adjustment and Psychological Needs", Psihologijske teme, vol.24, no. 1, pp. 135-153, 2015. [Online]. Available: https://hrcak.srce.hr/138414. [Accessed: 22 October 2021]

Abstracts
The aim of the present study was to explore the role of parental attachment in students' depressive symptoms. We have examined wheather initial emotional adjustment and psychological needs would serve as a mediator of the relationship between attachment dimensions (anxiety and avoidance) and depressive symptoms.
A sample consisted of 219 students (143 females) randomly selected from the University of Rijeka, Croatia, with mean age 19.02 years. Participants provided self-report on the Experiences in Close Relationship Inventory and The Student Adaptation to College Questionnaire at the beginning of the first year of college, and The Basic Psychological Needs Satisfaction Scale and Beck Depression Inventory-II at the third year of college.
Results of hierarchical regression analyses confirm that emotional adjustment had a full mediation effect on anxiety dimension and partial mediation on avoidance dimension. Only a partial mediation effect of psychological needs for autonomy and relatedness between attachment and depressive symptoms was found.
The findings of this study give support to the researches indicating the importance of parental attachment for college students not only through its direct effects on depressive symptoms, but also through effects on the initial emotional adjustment and satisfaction of psychological needs. The results of the mediation analysis suggest that both attachment dimensions and emotional adjustment as well as psychological need satisfaction have a substantial shared variance when predicting depressive symptoms and that each variable also gives a unique contribution to depressive symptoms.

Keywords
parental attachment; attachment dimensions; psychological needs; depressive symptoms; college students

Hrčak ID: 138414

URI
https://hrcak.srce.hr/138414

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