Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Assessing associations among interpersonal closeness, fear of intimacy, secure attachment, and a maternally warm rearing style
by Alessandri, Fernando T., M.A., The University of Mississippi, 2013, 106; 1545621
Abstract (Summary)

Decades of evidence suggest that maternal warmth contributes to prosocial outcomes later in life. This survey study examined specific social outcomes in 241 college students and found that, while their perceived maternal warmth was correlated with a number of social outcomes, the relationships were not as strong as hypothesized. In addition, applying a behavioral and social learning framework, it was hypothesized that the variance explained by maternal warmth would be reduced when regressions included the practices of making self-disclosures and eliciting conversation and self-disclosures from others; this hypothesis was supported, but not as strongly as anticipated.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Christoff, Karen A.
Commitee: Mendolia, Marilyn, Young, John
School: The University of Mississippi
Department: Psychology, Clinical
School Location: United States -- Mississippi
Source: MAI 52/02M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Social psychology, Clinical psychology, Individual & family studies
Keywords: Attachment, Closeness, Friendship, Intimacy, Loneliness, Maternal warmth
Publication Number: 1545621
ISBN: 9781303412929
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