RELATIONSHIPS BETWEEN DEPRESSION AND ATTACHMENT STYLES IN PARENT-REARED AND INSTITUTION-REARED TURKISH CHILDREN


HORTACSU N., CESUR S., ORAL A.

JOURNAL OF GENETIC PSYCHOLOGY, vol.154, no.3, pp.329-337, 1993 (Peer-Reviewed Journal) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 154 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 1993
  • Journal Name: JOURNAL OF GENETIC PSYCHOLOGY
  • Journal Indexes: Social Sciences Citation Index, Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.329-337

Abstract

The present study, using a sample of Turkish children, aimed to test two attachment-theory predictions: (a) institution-reared children who were separated from their parents at an early age are less likely to have secure attachment schemata than children from two-parent families, and (b) depressive schemata are positively related to insecure attachment schemata and negatively related to secure attachment schemata. Following a systems-theory perspective, we also predicted that the relationship between depression and attachment styles would be stronger for institution-reared children than for children from two-parent families. Hazan and Shaver's (1987) attachment-style items and the Beck Depression Inventory were administered to 20 institution-reared and 20 parent-reared boys by a female interviewer. The results supported the first two predictions of the study.