Alessandra Babore, Carla Candelori, Laura Picconi

Parental emotional availability in adolescence: Preliminary data from the validation of the Lum Emotional Availability of Parents (LEAP)

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Keywords: parent-adolescent relationship, maternal emotional availability, paternal emotional availability, attachment.

The aim of this exploratory study was to examine the main psychometric properties of the Italian version of the Lum Emotional Availability of Parents (LEAP; Lum and Phares, 2005), a self-report instrument that assesses separately adolescents' perceptions of their mothers' and fathers' emotional availability. LEAP and IPPA were administered to a sample of 126 adolescents (mean age = 16.34; DS = 0.85). Exploratory factor analyses, carried out independently for maternal and paternal items, revealed unifactorial structures; in addition, internal consistencies were high for both of them. There was an elevated correlation between LEAP and IPPA, both on the maternal scores and on the paternal ones.

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