J Relig Health. 2022 Jul 26. doi: 10.1007/s10943-022-01614-5. Online ahead of print.
By reference to a sample of 173 emerging adult seminarians in South Italy, this study evaluates the influence of attachment to one’s parents and peers on identity development and well-being in seminarians. The statistical analysis (PLS-PM) reports that secure attachment to one’s mother and secure attachment to a peer are positively associated with identity and well-being. No such association is found with attachment to one’s father. Attachment to one’s mother loses its association with identity during the shift from the freshmen to the senior group and is replaced by attachment with one’s peers. Both attachment relationships lose their associations with well-being between these groups. Our results demonstrate that attachment to one’s peers becomes the most relevant relationship, thus supporting this specific form of relationship among seminarians.