Attachment Styles and Self-Image in Turkish Adolescents

Cetin F. C., Tuzun Z., Pehlivanturk B., Unal F., Gokler B.

JOURNAL OF RESEARCH ON ADOLESCENCE, vol.20, no.4, pp.840-848, 2010 (SSCI) identifier identifier


The purpose of this article is to examine the attachment styles and the relation of these styles to the self-image in Turkish adolescents. The study included 378 adolescents (196 females and 182 males) from high schools with different socioeconomic status (SES) who were administered Relationship Scale Questionnaires and Offer Self-Image Questionnaires. The findings indicate that adolescents from a low SES had significantly low scores on self-image scales compared with those from high and middle SES. It was found that secure attachment patterns affect social relationships and superior adjustment aspects of self-image positively. The results of this study show that attachment patterns play an important role in the development of the self-image, which is a crucial psychological structure gained in adolescence.