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Family studies

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Sucessfully submitted for the award of MA in Child, Family and Community Studies to the Technological University Dublin, 2008.


The substantive aim of this study was to examine the adaptation of young-adult‟s to college life in Ireland today. The study also assessed the participant‟s levels of individuation-attachment and its consequences for college adjustment. A number of personal variables were examined in relation to both the participants‟ college adjustment and individuation-attachment, with gender being of significant interest. Data were collected from a sample of 125 (78 females and 47 males) first-year college students attending a number of Dublin based institutions. Participants‟ completed quantitative measures of college adjustment and individuation-attachment. Findings indicated that overall student adjustment was positive, with levels of individuation-attachment having little effect on college adjustment. There was no significant relationship between the predictor variables and college adjustment. Nevertheless, females reported significantly lower levels of „Fear of Attachment‟ than their male counterparts. Interpretations of these results, their congruence within the context of the theoretical frameworks, and practical implications are discussed.