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Daughters helping their elderly mothers: Impact of early attachment, daughter's trait anxiety, and helping interaction characteristics
Centre for Public Health Research, Värmland County Council, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-8274-6065
1994 (English)In: International Journal of Social Welfare, ISSN 1369-6866, E-ISSN 1468-2397, Vol. 3, no 3, 167-172 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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The aim of the study was to explore the relationships between early attachment between mother and daughter, the adult daughter's general anxiety level, and characteristics of the helping interaction between the adult daughter and her elderly mother on the one hand and the quality of this help on the other. One sample consisted of 46 Swedish women (mean age: 55 years) who acted as informal caregivers for their elderly mothers. A second sample consisted of 106 Swedish female nursing students (mean age: 27 years). The participants rated the quality of the practical, physical and psychosocial help they gave their elderly mothers (imagined helping activities in a predefined situation among the nursing students). Subjects also rated their mother's degree of caring and overprotection in childhood, their own trait anxiety, and various characteristics of their helping interactions. A high degree of motherly caring and a low degree of motherly overprotection in childhood covaried with a lower level of trait anxiety in the adult daughters. These conditions, in turn, covaried with mutual friendliness during the helping interactions. All these conditions covaried with high-quality psychosocial support. The quality of practical help and physical caring covaried with friendliness during the helping interactions only.

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1994. Vol. 3, no 3, 167-172 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:fhs:diva-2933DOI: 10.1111/j.1468-2397.1994.tb00075.xOAI: oai:DiVA.org:fhs-2933DiVA: diva2:572992
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