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Emotional Autonomy versus Detachment: Revisiting the Vicissitudes of Adolescence and Young Adulthood
Richard M. Ryan and John H. Lynch
Vol. 60, No. 2 (Apr., 1989), pp. 340-356
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1130981
Page Count: 17
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3 studies reexamine Steinberg and Silverberg's construct of "emotional autonomy" (EA) in adolescent and young adult samples. We argue that rather than measuring either autonomy or independence, EA represents emotional detachment from parents. In Study 1, EA is shown to be negatively associated with early adolescents' (n = 148) reported quality of attachment to parents, but not to friends. In Study 2, EA is shown to be positively related to experienced parental rejection but largely unrelated to perceived independence-support in a high school sample (n = 193). In Study 3, EA in young adults (n = 104) is inversely related to measures of family cohesion, parental acceptance, independence support, and self-perceived lovability. Finally, a projective measure of parental nurturance taken by a subsample of subjects (n = 58) was associated negatively with EA but positively with perceived lovability. Discussion concerns the conceptualization of attachment versus detachment, dependence, and autonomy in theories of adolescence.
Child Development © 1989 Society for Research in Child Development