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Perceptions of Giving Support and Depressive Symptoms in Late Life

By Lauren R. Bangerter, Kyungmin Kim, Steven H. Zarit, Kira S. Birditt and Karen L. Fingerman


ents benefit psychologically from generativity—giving and caring for the next generation—but older adults’ perceptions on giving support to their children are rarely if ever explored in these studies. The current study examines the association between the support that aging parents give to one of their middle-aged offspring, their perception of this support as reward-ing or stressful, and their levels of depressive symp-toms. Design and Methods: The sample draws from The Family Exchanges Study and consisted of 337 older parents (mean age: 76)  who were drawn from a larger study of middle-aged adults (i.e., tar-get participants). Older parents reported tangible and nontangible forms of support given to the tar-get middle-aged child and the extent to which the

Year: 2013
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