Amy Claridge (Family & Consumer Sciences)
Previous literature has found that maternal depression and adversity can decrease the likelihood of the formation of a secure attachment in infants, but few studies have examined the association between maternal depression during adolescence and how it relates to adult attachment security. The purpose of this study was to examine if the perception of maternal depression during adolescence is related to adult attachment security. The current study examined the relationships between perception of maternal depression during adolescence, adult attachment security, and secondary caregiver involvement during adolescence among adults (N = 180) by implementing quantitative survey methods. The results indicated that maternal depression perceived during adolescence was associated with adult attachment security, and that secondary caregiver involvement during adolescence was not a statistically significant moderator. Findings suggest there is a need for more research examining the relationship between maternal depression perceived during later childhood and adult attachment security.
Keywords: Attachment security, Maternal depression, Adults