HomeTin-awvol. 2 no. 1 (2018)

Attachment Styles and Coping Responses of the Adolescents with Separated Parents: Basis for Counseling Program

Renee Joy D. Paniza



This study aimed to determine the varied dominant attachment styles and the level of coping response among students whose parents were separated. The data were collected through the use of adapted and modified questionnaires. There were 60 respondents of this study who were purposively selected. Mean and ANOVA were the statistical tools used. The results showed that the most dominant attachment style among the respondents was secure attachment style. Also, their attachment style was seen to be high which means the extent of their attachment was often manifested. The coping response that manifested in the respondents under the security attachment style was positive reappraisal and problem solving. In the fearful attachment style, the coping response was logical analysis but low in seeking guidance and support. Meanwhile in the pre-occupied attachment style, problem solving was the highest and emotional discharge was the lowest. Lastly, the dismissing attachment style manifested positive reappraisal, cognitive avoidance and acceptance or resignation. There was no significant difference between each of the attachment style and coping response which means that regardless of the attachment style the respondents could still manage their problems effectively given with the different ways of coping mechanisms. Findings served as basis for a proposed counseling program.