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Advances in Psychological Science    2014, Vol. 22 Issue (7) : 1149-1158     DOI: 10.3724/SP.J.1042.2014.01149
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Adolescent Peer Attachment: A Developmental Perspective
(Faculty of Psychology, Southwest University, Chongqing 400715, China)
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Peer attachment is an important developmental task during adolescence. IPPA, PIML and the newly developed AFAS are existing instruments that specifically measure attachment related aspects of peer relationships in adolescence. Adolescent-parent attachment and adolescent’s own gender are two factors that could predict the development of adolescent peer attachment. Other factors such as sexual orientation and the gender of the peer could also influence adolescent’s choice of the peer attachment figure. However, the correlation between age and peer attachment is still unclear. Secure attachment indicates high quality of peer relationship and promotes adolescents’ social development. Future researches should focus on improving research methods, changing entry points, and diversifying research directions.

Keywords adolescent      peer attachment      influencing factors      quality of peer relationship      social development     
Corresponding Authors: CHEN Xu   
Issue Date: 15 July 2014
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ZHONG Xin,LIU Juhong,CHEN Xu. Adolescent Peer Attachment: A Developmental Perspective[J]. Advances in Psychological Science, 2014, 22(7): 1149-1158.
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