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Sex-specific relationships among attachment security, social values, and sensation seeking in early adolescence: implications for adolescents' externalizing problem behaviour.
J Adolesc. 2011 Jun; 34(3):541-54.JA

Abstract

In early adolescence, attachment security reflects not only the quality of ongoing relationships with parents, but also how adolescents process social relationships with "others" - that is, their "social value orientation" - with possible implications for adolescents' risk-taking. In this study, a sample of Italian early adolescents were administered self-report measures in order to examine the relationships (a) between early adolescents' perceived attachment security to mothers and fathers, social values (related to family and the socio-cultural context), and sensation seeking (as a temperamental predisposition to risk-taking), and (b) between these variables and adolescents' externalizing problem behaviour. Adolescents were more securely attached to the same-sexed parent. Further, attachment security with the opposite-sexed parent predicted more conservative social value orientations, and lower levels of problem behaviour. In contrast, sensation seeking predicted self-enhancement and openness-to-change values to a greater extent, and, in girls, lower levels of attachment security to mothers and fathers.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Dipartimento di Psicologia, Università di Milano-Bicocca, Piazza dell'Ateneo Nuovo 1, 20126 Milano, Italy. diego.sarracino@unimib.itNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

20547417

Citation

Sarracino, Diego, et al. "Sex-specific Relationships Among Attachment Security, Social Values, and Sensation Seeking in Early Adolescence: Implications for Adolescents' Externalizing Problem Behaviour." Journal of Adolescence, vol. 34, no. 3, 2011, pp. 541-54.
Sarracino D, Presaghi F, Degni S, et al. Sex-specific relationships among attachment security, social values, and sensation seeking in early adolescence: implications for adolescents' externalizing problem behaviour. J Adolesc. 2011;34(3):541-54.
Sarracino, D., Presaghi, F., Degni, S., & Innamorati, M. (2011). Sex-specific relationships among attachment security, social values, and sensation seeking in early adolescence: implications for adolescents' externalizing problem behaviour. Journal of Adolescence, 34(3), 541-54. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.adolescence.2010.05.013
Sarracino D, et al. Sex-specific Relationships Among Attachment Security, Social Values, and Sensation Seeking in Early Adolescence: Implications for Adolescents' Externalizing Problem Behaviour. J Adolesc. 2011;34(3):541-54. PubMed PMID: 20547417.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Sex-specific relationships among attachment security, social values, and sensation seeking in early adolescence: implications for adolescents' externalizing problem behaviour. AU - Sarracino,Diego, AU - Presaghi,Fabio, AU - Degni,Silvia, AU - Innamorati,Marco, Y1 - 2010/06/14/ PY - 2008/07/09/received PY - 2010/04/27/revised PY - 2010/05/14/accepted PY - 2010/6/16/entrez PY - 2010/6/16/pubmed PY - 2011/9/8/medline SP - 541 EP - 54 JF - Journal of adolescence JO - J Adolesc VL - 34 IS - 3 N2 - In early adolescence, attachment security reflects not only the quality of ongoing relationships with parents, but also how adolescents process social relationships with "others" - that is, their "social value orientation" - with possible implications for adolescents' risk-taking. In this study, a sample of Italian early adolescents were administered self-report measures in order to examine the relationships (a) between early adolescents' perceived attachment security to mothers and fathers, social values (related to family and the socio-cultural context), and sensation seeking (as a temperamental predisposition to risk-taking), and (b) between these variables and adolescents' externalizing problem behaviour. Adolescents were more securely attached to the same-sexed parent. Further, attachment security with the opposite-sexed parent predicted more conservative social value orientations, and lower levels of problem behaviour. In contrast, sensation seeking predicted self-enhancement and openness-to-change values to a greater extent, and, in girls, lower levels of attachment security to mothers and fathers. SN - 1095-9254 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/20547417/Sex_specific_relationships_among_attachment_security_social_values_and_sensation_seeking_in_early_adolescence:_implications_for_adolescents'_externalizing_problem_behaviour_ L2 - https://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S0140-1971(10)00077-1 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -