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Social Indicators Research

, Volume 66, Issue 1–2, pp 35–60 | Cite as

The Influence of Parent and Peer Attachments on Life Satisfaction in Middle Childhood and Early Adolescence

  • Amanda B. Nickerson
  • Richard J. Nagle
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Abstract

Satisfaction in different life domains wasexamined with respect to parent and peerattachment relationships in middle childhoodand early adolescence. Three hundred threestudents, evenly distributed across sex andgrade (fourth, sixth, and eighth) wereadministered People in My Life, ameasure of attachment relationships, and theMultidimensional Students' LifeSatisfaction Scale. Children and earlyadolescents in this sample generally reportedhigh levels of life satisfaction. Some sex andgrade differences in satisfaction with variouslife domains emerged. Attachments to bothparents and peers predicted life satisfaction,although the influence of these relationshipsvaried as a function of grade level and lifedomain. Findings are reviewed in relation topast research, and implications forprofessional practice are discussed.

attachment early adolescence life satisfaction parents peers 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Amanda B. Nickerson
    • 1
  • Richard J. Nagle
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Educational and Counseling Psychology, ED 232University at Albany – State University of New YorkAlbanyUSA

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