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ISSN : 2233-6710(Print)
ISSN : 2384-2121(Online)
Journal of Asia Pacific Counseling Vol.2 No.1 pp.121-131

The Impact of Marital Conflict between Parent as Perceived by Adolescents on Their Depression and Aggression: Focusing on the Mediating Effects of Shame and Fear of Abandonment

Jeeyon Lee, Mi Jin Kim

University of Incheon
Ewha Womans University
Received October 13, 2011, Revision received January 10, 2012, Accepted February 16, 2012


The purpose of this study is to examine mediating effects of shame and fear of abandonment in the relationships betweenperceived marital conflict by adolescents and depression and aggression. Hypotheses are as follows; that (1) perceived maritalconflict, shame, and fear of abandonment and depression and aggression will be positively related, and (2) shame and fear ofabandonment will mediate the relationships between perceived marital conflict and depression and aggression. In order to testthese research questions, path analysis was used. The result from path analysis supported the above hypotheses. These findingsindicated that adolescents who perceived that their parents' conflicts were of a serious nature may experience higher levels ofdepression, aggression, shame and fear of abandonment.