Purpose: This research is aimed at comparing the attachment of adolescents with their parents and peers.
Design/methodology/approach: The target-sampling respondents were 250 adolescents aged 16-19 years. Data was collected with the help of inventory constructed by Gay Armsden and Mark T. Greenberg (1987). It is comprised of 25 items in each of the mother, father, and peer sections, yielding three attachment scores.which used a five point Likert scale. The researcher has adopted purposive sampling technique to gather the data. The data was analyzed using the Mean, SD and t- test.
Findings: The findings revealed that both boys and girls are more attached to their mothers as compared to their fathers and peers.
Social implications: Adolescent-parent and peer attachment has intense effect on their cognitive, social and emotional functioning. There is a strong link between adolescent’s attachment and their engagement in high risk behaviours and mental health problems.
Originality/value: This is a relevant topic considering that in today’s time parents are not able to spend quality time with their children due to their busy schedule. This research is comparing the attachment of adolescents with their parents and peers. The results of this study can benefit parents. mental health and other health and education professionals to be knowledgeable about adolescent’s attachment and the value of adolescent-parent and peer attachment.
Keywords: Adolescents, Attachment, Gender, Parent Attachment and Peer Attachment.