Date of Award

2014

Degree Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Department

Social Work

Abstract

In recent years, studies are citing an increase in adolescent mental health diagnoses and symptomotology related to AD/HD, Bipolar Disorder, Depression, Anxiety, and Conduct Disorders. While the associated behaviors may be the result of several variables, recent neurobiological studies combined with Attachment Theory have pointed to a possible link to attachment issues. Because of the developmental stage of adolescents, these behaviors have been observed in both home and school environments. Schools, in general in the United States, have been experiencing significant struggles in terms of lack of adequate educational success which prompted the implementation of legislation commonly known as No Child Left Behind (NCLB). Schools and educators must locate the root causes of said issue in order to develop appropriate interventions and strategies which focus on student growth and success. The purpose of this research was to determine if a possible relationship exists between adolescent attachment style and academic performance within the designated population and to determine if certain demographic differences are mediating factors. The results showed correlation between attachment style and self-reported grades in school with some demographic factors having an influence.

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