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This study examined the dynamics of the parent-child relationship by determining whether or not the quality of parent-child attachment and communication patterns are related to child endorsed adjustment outcomes. In addition, examination of the parentchild relationship is useful way to better understand the domain of psychological maltreatment, and likewise, attachment and communication quality are suggested to major contributing factors to the development of psychological maltreatment. 42 children completed the Parent-Adolescent Communication scale (PACS), the Inventory of Parent and Peer Attachment (IPPA), and the Emotional Symptoms Index (ESI). 22 parents completed the Child Behavior Checklist (CBCL) and the Matson Evaluation of Social Skills for Youngsters (MESSY). Results indicate that both attachment and communication quality are significantly related to psychopathological symptoms and measures of social adjustment, emotional adjustment, and self-esteem. In addition, our results suggest that psychologically maltreated children are especially prone to developing both social and emotional maladjustment.

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