Testing an attachment model of Latina/o college students' psychological adjustment

Patton O. Garriott, Keisha M. Love, Kenneth M. Tyler, Deneia M. Thomas, Clarissa R. Roan-Belle, Carrie L. Brown

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The present study examined the influence of attachment relationships on the psychological adjustment of Latina/o university students (N = 80) attending predominantly White institutions of higher education.A path analysis conducted to test a hypothesized model of parent and peer attachment, self-esteem, and psychological distress indicated that the final model provided good model-to-data fit, explaining 21% of the variance in self-esteem and 50% of the variance in psychological distress. Furthermore, bootstrapping procedures suggested that perceptions of self-worth mediated the relationships between parent and peer attachment and psychological distress. Results indicate that attachment theory may provide a useful framework from which to conceptualize the psychological adjustment of Latinas/os attending predominantly White institutions of higher education. Implications for universities and helping professionals are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)104-117
Number of pages14
JournalHispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2010


  • Attachment
  • Higher education
  • Latina/o
  • Mental health

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Cultural Studies
  • Anthropology
  • Linguistics and Language


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