This study was conducted to identify the effect o f child-parent relationships on later adult social bonds in the general popultion. The subjects were 66 married males and 41 married females between the age of 20 and 65 years old in Taegu City. The survey was conducted from M arch 1 to July 31，1994. The subjects were tested by Parental Bonding Instrum ent(PB l) and Intimate Bond Measure(IBM ). The results were as follows : The subjects with more caring parents perceived that their spouses also cared for them (p< 0. 05). Scores of mother’s overprotection and most overprotective parent’s scores had a negative influence on adults，perception about their spouses，caring(p<0.05). These findings suggest that the childhood experience with parenting contributes to the quality of interpersonal relationships in adulthood. The highest significant correlation is placed between the least caring parent and intimacy of being cared for by their spouse(p<0.001). This finding indicates that if feelings o f being protected and not being cared for had been coexisted, the quality of later interpersonal relations would be more influenced by negative feelings than positive ones. It is also suggested that the overprotection has less pathological effects on the quality of interpersonal relations than lack of caring. There were also gender differences. In male subjects, there were significant correlations between scores of maternal care, overprotection and the least caring prent and feelings of being cared for by their spouses(p<0.05). A nd there were significant correlations between the scores of paternal care and feelings o f being controlled by their spouses (0.01). In female subjects, all paternal care and overprotection subscales were significantly corelated with feelings of being cared for by their spouses(p<0.05). The subjects who had experienced separation from their mothers in childhood had a significant correlation with feelings of being controlled by their spouses(p<0.05). This suggests the distress of seperation from parents in childhood could be a factor which affects the social bonds in adulthood.
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