Relationship between Parental Attachment and Subjective Well-Being

Author: Rida Asharaf

Supervisor: Ms. Afsheen Masood

Degree: M.Sc

Year: 2006-2008

University: Institute of Applied Psychology, Punjab University, Lahore, Pakistan


The present research was conducted to investigate the relationship between parental attachment and subjective well being in adult life. It was hypothesized that the higher the quality of current parental attachment, the higher would be the subjective well being. Correlation research design was used to conduct the present study. In order to collect the data, purposive sampling technique was used to collect the data from different faculties of the University of Punjab. The sample for the current research consisted of 240 adults (120 male & 120 female between age ranges of 18 to 30). The data was collected through standardized questionnaires along with demographic performa. The Inventory Of Peer And Parent Attachment (IPPA) by (Armsden & Greenberg, 1987) was used to measure parental attachment, Satisfaction With Life Scale (SWLS) by Diener, Emmons, Larsen, and Griffin (1985) was used to measure life satisfaction and Positive Affect Negative Affect Scales (PANAS) by (Watson, Clark & Tellegen, 1988) was used to measure emotional affect, with due permission of the respective authors. Person product moment correlation, independent sample t-test and ANOVA were used for inferential analysis while descriptive statistic was used for analyzing the demographic data. The results indicated the strong significant positive correlation between parental attachment and subjective well being in adult life.

Keywords: Parental Attachment, Subjective Well-Being, Adult Life

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