Association Between Insecure Parental Attachment And Depression : Adolescence And Young Adults With And Without Siblings

1687 Words Nov 22nd, 2015 7 Pages
Association Between Insecure Parental Attachment and Depression: Adolescence and Young Adults with and without Siblings
Nearly 4 in 10 children in the United States lack strong parental attachments (Huber, 2014). Individuals who suffer from a lack strong parental attachment are more likely to suffer from poverty, family instability, stress and depression (Huber, 2014). It is possible that those who suffer from insecure parental attachment within their family are more likely to suffer from higher levels of depression if they do not have any siblings than those who do.
Depression and Insecure Parental Attachment
Depression is a disorder that is a very prevalent disorder amongst the United States population as a whole. This disorder can be defined as having a lack of interest and/or pleasure in their daily lives. Those who suffer may experience extensive sadness, insomnia or excessive sleeping, weight loss or gain, difficulties concentrating, and feelings of guilt (American Psychological Association, 2013). In many severe cases of depression, the individual can experience thoughts of death or suicide (APA, 2015). According to research, in 2013, youth percentages who had experienced at least one major depressive episode (MDE) in the past year, and received treatment were: ages 12-13 was 39.1%, ages 14-15 was 37.2%, and ages 16-17 was 38.6 (Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics, 2004-2013).
“Attachment theory is founded on the idea that an infant’s early…
Open Document