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Relationships of Maternal Separation Anxiety, Overprotection, Separation - Individuation in Adolescent Children and Psychological Adaptation

  • THE KOREAN JOURNAL OF DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY
  • 2016, 29(4), pp.123-144
  • Publisher : The Korean Society For Developmental Psychology
  • Research Area : Social Science > Psychological Science

이인영 1 CHONG,YOUNG-SOOK 1

1부산대학교

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ABSTRACT

This study focused on examining the relationships between maternal overprotection, separation-individuation, and psychological adaptation in adolescents and the relationships between maternal separation anxiety, overprotection toward their adolescent child, and maternal psychological adaptation by analyzing data from 201 pairs of middle-aged mothers and their adolescent children who live in Busan. There was a strong positive correlation between maternal separation anxiety and overprotection toward their adolescent child. Maternal separation anxiety and overprotection were negatively correlated with psychological adaptation. As expected, maternal overprotection was negatively correlated with their adolescent child’s separation-individuation. A bootstrap analysis indicated, that maternal overprotection had a negative effect on separation-individuation in their adolescent children and, in turn, children’s separation-individuation had negative effects on adolescent children’s subjective and psychological adaptation, but a positive effect on children’s depression. Maternal overprotection had a negative effect on mothers’ psychological adaptation. The need to reexamine the ambivalent role of maternal overprotection in Korean was discussed.

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