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Date of Graduation

Fall 2013

Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Science (BS)


Department of Psychology


Monica Reis-Bergan

Jeffrey T. Andre

William Evans


Parental attachment, the initial bond between parent and child, has the potential to influence relationships and other aspects of behavior throughout the lifespan. Past research supports the idea that parent attachment is a positive influence on academic achievement, motivation to succeed in school while being negatively associated with high-risk drinking behavior. The current study examined parental attachment scores, reported and predicted grades, parent influence on academic motivation, and drinking habits of 99 female college students in their first semester. Contrary to predictions, there were no significant relations between grades and attachment, a negative correlation was found between seeking motivation from parents and attachment, and a positive correlation was found between risky drinking behaviors and attachment. Future research is needed to examine students’ perceptions of parent expectations about the college experience and to replicate the current findings.



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