Document Type

Thesis

Degree

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Psychology

Advisor's Name

Wendy Silverman

Advisor's Title

Committee Chair

Advisor's Name

Dionne Stephens

Advisor's Name

Jeremy Pettit

Keywords

Attachment, Anxiety, IPPA

Date of Defense

5-15-2012

Abstract

The present study examined the factor structure of the Inventory of Parent and Peer Attachment (IPPA; Armsden & Greenberg, 1987) in a US sample of 282 clinic-referred anxious Latino youth (48.9% girls; M = 10.5 years). The IPPA is a self-report questionnaire that assesses youths’ perceptions of attachment to parents and to peers and contains a three factor structure with items measuring Trust, Communication, and Alienation. Both confirmatory factor analysis and exploratory factor analysis were performed to test the factor structure of the IPPA in a sample of anxious Latino youth.

Results showed that a two factor structure best accounted for the data in the present study. These findings are inconsistent with prior research concluding that the IPPA contained a three factor structure (Armsden & Greenberg, 1987). Results suggest that the IPPA may not capture the intended constructs among ethnically diverse clinic-referred populations. Implications of the findings are further discussed.

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