The role of attachment in current and future parent caregiving

Karantzas, Gery C., Evans, Lynette and Foddy, Margaret 2010, The role of attachment in current and future parent caregiving, Journal of gerontology : psychological sciences, vol. 65B, no. 5, pp. 573-580, doi: 10.1093/geronb/gbq047.

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Title The role of attachment in current and future parent caregiving
Author(s) Karantzas, Gery C.ORCID iD for Karantzas, Gery C.
Evans, Lynette
Foddy, Margaret
Journal name Journal of gerontology : psychological sciences
Volume number 65B
Issue number 5
Start page 573
End page 580
Total pages 8
Publisher Oxford University Press
Place of publication Cary, N.C.
Publication date 2010-09
ISSN 1079-5014
Keyword(s) Adult children
Care seeking
Older parents
Summary Few studies have investigated how attachment bonds between older parents and their adult children influence adult children’s provision of care and older parents’ seeking of support from kin. The aim of this study was to investigate how the attachment orientations of adult children (N = 119) and older parents (N = 148) predict family caregiving and perceptions of carer burden. Across both samples (that were unrelated), attachment dimensions were associated with current and future caregiving and care receiving and perceptions of carer burden, even when accounting for demographic variables, parental dependence and filial obligation. Specifically, attachment avoidance was associated negatively with adult children’s future care of parents and positively with burden. In contrast, attachment anxiety was positively associated with older parents’ seeking current support, perceptions of carer burden, and intentions to seek future support.
Notes Advance Access published on June 30, 2010.
Language eng
DOI 10.1093/geronb/gbq047
Field of Research 170102 Developmental Psychology and Ageing
Socio Economic Objective 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
HERDC collection year 2010
Copyright notice ©2010, The Author
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