Location

Schewel 208

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Campus Access Only

Presentation Type

Oral Presentation

Start Date

April 2022

Department

Psychology

Abstract

This study examined family contexts such as the quality of parent-child relationship and how it may predict child adjustment to college. Previous research on this topic is outdated and has produced conflicting results. Participants in this study completed instruments measuring the quality of the parent-child relationship, separation anxiety, depression, and college adjustment. Feelings of parental responsibility positively predicted separation anxiety, depression, and college adjustment. Parental demandingness positively predicted separation anxiety and negatively predicted homesickness. Finally, a high-quality parental relationship positively predicted homesickness. The results of this study show that the quality of the parent-child relationship is an important factor in first-year students’ adjustment to college.

Keywords: Child adjustment, college, separation anxiety, depression, college adjustment, parent-child relationship, relationship quality.

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Dr. Alisha Marciano

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Apr 6th, 9:30 AM

Family Factors and Child Adjustment to College: Role of Parent-Child Relationship Quality

Schewel 208

This study examined family contexts such as the quality of parent-child relationship and how it may predict child adjustment to college. Previous research on this topic is outdated and has produced conflicting results. Participants in this study completed instruments measuring the quality of the parent-child relationship, separation anxiety, depression, and college adjustment. Feelings of parental responsibility positively predicted separation anxiety, depression, and college adjustment. Parental demandingness positively predicted separation anxiety and negatively predicted homesickness. Finally, a high-quality parental relationship positively predicted homesickness. The results of this study show that the quality of the parent-child relationship is an important factor in first-year students’ adjustment to college.

Keywords: Child adjustment, college, separation anxiety, depression, college adjustment, parent-child relationship, relationship quality.