Perceived social support mediates the relations between parental attachment and posttraumatic growth and resilience in adolescents following the Yancheng Tornado

Guangzhe Yuan, Pei Hwa Goh, Wei Xu, Yuanyuan An

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    Abstract

    Previous studies have shown that parental attachment is associated with higher levels of posttraumatic growth (PTG) and resilience in individuals who have experienced traumatic events. The present study investigated perceived social support as one pathway in which parental attachment is related to PTG and resilience among Chinese adolescents who have experienced trauma by considering the role of perceived social support. Participants were 443 Chinese adolescents who had experienced a severe tornado a year prior to this study. The results showed that our model fitted the data well [χ2/df = 2.847, comparative fit index (CFI) = 0.970, TLI = 0.963, root mean square error of approximation (RMSEA) (90% CI) = 0.065 (0.056–0.073)] and revealed that perceived social support partially mediated the relationship between parental attachment, and PTG and resilience. The clinical implications and limitations of our research, and recommendations for future research are discussed in this paper.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)631-644
    Number of pages14
    JournalJournal of Aggression, Maltreatment & Trauma
    Volume27
    Issue number6
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2018

    Keywords

    • Parental attachment
    • perceived social support
    • posttraumatic growth
    • resilience

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