A recent longitudunal study put out by the University of San Fransisco found that family obligation may serve as a protective factor against depression for Chinese American adolescents. A strong family bond may provide adolescents with a secure bond from which to explore the surrounding world while maintaining a home base to return.
This makes me think of the research regarding attachment styles in infants. Infants may have a variety of attachment types which I will explore in later posts, but the goal of attachment is to have a style in which the child feels safe to explore a room, but returns every now and then to “check in” with their parent or caregiver. Maybe adolescents continue to need that sort of “checking in” point to rank their emerging identity against accepted norms within the system. What role do you think family alliance plays in identity development for adolescents?
San Francisco State University (2009, June 4). Family Obligation In Chinese Homes Lowers Teenage Depression Symptoms. ScienceDaily. Retrieved June 6, 2009, from http://www.sciencedaily.com /releases/2009/06/090604124804.htm