Attachment and spousal caregiving

Feeney, JA and Hohaus, L (2001) Attachment and spousal caregiving. Personal Relationships, 8 1: 21-39. doi:10.1111/j.1475-6811.2001.tb00026.x

Author Feeney, JA
Hohaus, L
Title Attachment and spousal caregiving
Journal name Personal Relationships   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1350-4126
Publication date 2001
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/j.1475-6811.2001.tb00026.x
Volume 8
Issue 1
Start page 21
End page 39
Total pages 19
Place of publication UK
Publisher Blackwell
Collection year 2001
Language eng
Subject C1
380106 Developmental Psychology and Ageing
780108 Behavioural and cognitive sciences
Abstract A community sample of 362 married couples participated in a study of attachment and spousal caregiving, which combined qualitative and quantitative components. The qualitative component focused on actual experiences of caregiving, assessed by participants' semi-structured accounts of a situation involving their role as caregiver for their spouse, Attachment styles and their underlying dimensions (comfort with closeness, anxiety over relationships) were related to the type of support provided, the coping strategies used in the situation, caregivers' feelings about the quality of their care, perceived effects on the couple bond, and the emotional tone of the accounts. The quantitative component tested a theoretical model of factors predicting willingness to provide care for the spouse if he or she should become dependent in later life. Measures of attachment and caregiving styles, attachment to spouse, and anticipated burden provided reliable prediction of willingness to care. The results support the conceptualization of attachment and caregiving as interrelated features of marital bonds, and they have important implications for patterns of family caregiving.
Keyword Psychology, Social
Dating Relationships
Q-Index Code C1

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Psychology Publications
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