Adult attachment working models and relationship quality in dating couples
Cicirelli (1993) and Mikulincer and Shaver (2007) argue that circumstances that threaten the attachment bond between the elderly parent and adult child mobilizes the child to help the parent thereby preserving the attachment bond.
As aging parents decline in health, their vulnerability becomes more evident to children and felt security is no longer achieved through recollections of the attachment figure.
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).
According to Bowlby (1969/1982), the regulation and management of emotional bonds in close relationships are driven by the attachment behavioral system.
This system motivates an individual to seek proximity to the attachment figure to gain comfort and a sense of security during periods of threat and distress.