Date of Completion
Honors College Thesis
Honors College, College of Arts and Science Honors
emerging adulthood, coping, engagement, disengagement, parent-child relationship, communication
Parents continue to play a pivotal role in their children’s social and emotional adjustment into emerging adulthood (Mounts et al., 2006). This project examined the effect of parent-emerging adult closeness on emerging adult coping responses, and whether this association varied as a function of parent-child contact. The sample consisted of 180 undergraduate students (M age = 19.6, SD = 1.05, 78% female) from the University of Vermont. Participants reported on their closeness with their parent(s), their coping responses, and their patterns of contact with their parent(s). As predicted, parent-emerging adult closeness was predictive of emerging adults’ coping responses. The relationship was not, however, moderated by mode or frequency of communication. Implications and suggestions for future research are discussed.
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Stormberg, Rebecca Lee, "Parent-Child Closeness and Coping Outcomes in Emerging Adulthood" (2017). UVM Honors College Senior Theses. 172.