FAMILY COHESION, PEER COHESION, AND EMOTIONAL AUTONOMY IN ADOLESCENT
 
Samani, S., Shiraz University, Iran
 
The aim of this study was to study of a causal model for family cohesion, peer cohesion, and emotional autonomy. The sample included 206 college students (107 girls and 99 boys), with mean of 21.8 and SD 3.5 years old. In this study the family and peer cohesion questionnaire and emotional autonomy (EA) scale were used. Alpha coefficients for family cohesion and peer cohesion were 0.80, and 0.86 respectively and for EA was 0.80. To study the suggested model path analysis was used. In this model emotional autonomy was the endogenous variable. The results showed that the direct effects of gender, peer cohesion, and family cohesion were 0.13, 0.34, and -0.63 on emotional autonomy respectively. Also age had a negative direct effect (-0.15) on family cohesion and an indirect effect on EA (0.09). The correlation between peer cohesion and family cohesion was 0.23. Also the results of the study revealed that the peer cohesion and family cohesion have indirect effects on EA (-0.14, and 0.08 respectively).