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Close Social Relationships and Attachment Functions of Parents and Friends in Adolescence

  • THE KOREAN JOURNAL OF DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY
  • 2011, 24(3), pp.19-34
  • Publisher : The Korean Society For Developmental Psychology
  • Research Area : Social Science > Psychological Science

Hwee-Sook Jang 1

1충남대학교

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ABSTRACT

It was examined whether there are differences in the size of convoy and convoy membership according to gender and age, how many friends in the convoy there are and whether there are differences in the attachment functions of parents and friends with middle/high/college students on the based of convoy model. Results revealed female had lager outer circle than male and college students than millde/high school students. Colllege students had more friends of different sex and less kinships in the convoy than middle/high school ones. The percentages of friends were highest in the middle school students and that of friends of different sex highest in college ones. As attachment figures, friends were target of proximity seeking and safe haven but mothers were target of separation protest and secure base. Interestingly friends of different sex were target of proximity seeking and separation protest in college students and fathers were target of secure base only in male middle/high school ones.

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