A Study On The Relationship Between Attachment Styles, Self Esteem And Loneliness Amongst Adolescents

Divya Thakkar, Neha Haria, Veena Kumar
2016 Indian Journal of Mental Health(IJMH)  
Attachment styles, self esteem and social relationships are inextricably linked. It is well known that adolescence is a period where self esteem depends on a number of factors like family, upbringing, loneliness and peers. The following study was carried to assess the relationship between self esteem" attachment styles and loneliness in college students. Methods: 40 girls and 40 boys aged 18-21 years studying in colleges across Mumbai were subjects for the study. The subjects were administered
more » ... were administered the Rosenberg self esteem scale, the UCLA loneliness scale and the Adult attachment scale. The scores on all scales were compared for boys and girls and Pearson"s correlation was carried across all scales. Results: No differences between boys and girls were observed in any of the scales administered. A negative correlation between self esteem and loneliness was observed. Similar negative correlations were observed between self esteem and anxiety as well as avoidant attachment styles. A positive correlation was observed between loneliness and anxiety as well as avoidant attachment styles. Conclusion: Self esteem is linked to attachment styles and loneliness in college going students. Further studies in larger samples are warranted.
doi:10.30877/ijmh.3.2.2016.185-191 fatcat:e42khdpjsvbsbkhnxz4wa2g5tq