Date of Award

Spring 2007

Project Type


Program or Major


Degree Name

Master of Arts

First Advisor

Janet Elizabeth Falvey


Discussions regarding the topics of attachment and loss are ubiquitous and cannot be avoided. Losing a loved one---especially a parent---to death or divorce is difficult at any age, perhaps most difficult during the age of adolescence. Depression is a common product of such loss. A study was conducted that attempted to look at the quality of attachment between the child and primary caregiver, along with the any possible parent loss, and their implications for the prevalence of depression. Data on 170 students at a major university in the Northeast was collected. A moderately strong negative correlation existed between attachment and depression, indicating that stronger attachment bonds were positively related to lower depression scores. Parent death and divorce did not serve as mediating factors. These results have implications for the counseling field; depressive diagnoses must be considered in working with individuals reporting low attachment bonds to attachment figures.