Attachment, Resilience, and Psychological Well-Being: Testing Mediation Effect of Resilience Between College Students with and Without Disabilities (74193)

Session Information: Counselling, Guidance & Adjustment in Education
Session Chair: Arden Jang

Thursday, 23 November 2023 16:15
Session: Session 5
Room: Room 704
Presentation Type: Oral Presentation

All presentation times are UTC + 9 (Asia/Tokyo)

Problem Statement: People with disabilities are expected to have poorer mental health. This study seeks to investigate of disability on the attachment, resilience, and psychological well-being of people with disabilities.

Method: 359 college students (192 without disabilities and 167 with disabilities) were recruited and filled in a questionnaire containing 3 measuring scales. An independent sample t test, ANOVA, and mediated effect analysis were performed to determine the effect of resilience on their psychological well-being.

Results:
1. Female students with disabilities exhibited significantly higher attachment anxiety towards their mothers, while there was no difference among students without disabilities. However, no differences were observed in other variables between students with and without disabilities.
2. Students with mental disabilities showed higher attachment anxiety towards parents, compared to students with sensory disabilities. They also had lower resilience and psychological well-being compared to students with other types of disabilities.
3. Attachment anxiety and attachment avoidance were negatively correlated with resilience, and resilience was moderately positively correlated with psychological well-being.
4. The attachment anxiety towards parents in both groups of students could be influenced by resilience, which in turn affected psychological well-being. Contrary to our expectation, the total effect of attachment avoidance on psychological well-being was not significant.

Conclusion: Based on results, the mental health of people with disabilities may not differ significantly from the general population, and the mechanisms of resilience are similar. However, it is worth noting that individuals with invisible disabilities tend to have poorer mental health. Thus, more counseling resources are necessary.

Authors:
Yi-Hsuan Liu, National Taiwan Normal University, Taiwan


About the Presenter(s)
Yi-Hsuan Liu is a Special Education Itinerant Teacher in Taipei, currently pursuing a master's degree in Counseling Psychology at National Taiwan Normal University. Her academic interests focus on attachment, parent-child relationships, and trauma.

Connect on Linkedin
www.linkedin.com/in/hsuanliu1910

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Last updated: 2023-02-23 23:45:00