Adult attachment working models and relationship quality in dating couples
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.
into aging suggests that the long-term care needs of older adults are becoming the responsibility of adult children, as governments struggle to cope with the welfare of an aging population (Schultz & Schultz, 1998).
received a Ph D from the University of Queensland in 1981 and is Professor of Psychology at the university.
She has published extensively in the area of marital and family relationships, including attachment relationships.