Predictors of parent and peer attachment in college students: Fatherless versus dual parent homes

Ariane S Narain, Tennessee State University

Abstract

Although previous studies have demonstrated that secure parental attachment is important in the development of infants, children, and adolescents, few have concurrently examined the relationship between parent and peer attachment and fatherlessness. The current research sought to predict parent and peer attachment of college students with respect to those students who were reared in a fatherless home compared to those students reared in dual-parent homes. Other predictors of parent and peer attachment that were examined are gender, ethnicity, father involvement, and the nurturing quality of fathers. Participants for this study included 160 college students, ages 18 years and older, at an Historically Black University in the Southeast. The participants were administered four questionnaires, including a demographics questionnaire, a questionnaire measuring parent and peer attachment (The Inventory of Parent and Peer Attachment; Armsden & Greenberg, 1987), and two questionnaires assessing participants' feelings toward their fathers (The Nurturant Father Scale and The Father Involvement Scale; Finley & Schwartz, 2004). The study examined whether parent and peer attachment can be predicted by an individual's ethnicity, gender, absence or presence of the father in the home, life satisfaction, father involvement, and the nurturing quality of one's father. The main hypothesis is that participants reared in fatherless homes will report having a more secure attachment to their peers than to their parents.^

Subject Area

African American Studies|Black Studies|Psychology, Social|Sociology, Individual and Family Studies

Recommended Citation

Ariane S Narain, "Predictors of parent and peer attachment in college students: Fatherless versus dual parent homes" (2014). ETD Collection for Tennessee State University. Paper AAI3623224.
http://digitalscholarship.tnstate.edu/dissertations/AAI3623224

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