Emotional reactivity to network stress in middle and late adulthood: the role of childhood parental emotional abuse and support

Poon, Cecilia Y. M. and Knight, Bob G. (2012) Emotional reactivity to network stress in middle and late adulthood: the role of childhood parental emotional abuse and support. The Gerontologist, 52 (6). pp. 782-791. ISSN 0016-9013

Abstract

Purpose: This study examined whether recalled childhood parental emotional abuse and support were associated with emotional reactivity to network stress among middle-aged and older adults.

Design and Methods: Hypotheses were tested by performing 2-level multilevel modeling analysis on 787 participants aged 33–83 who participated in the Daily Stress Project (2004–2009).

Results: Adult daughters who recalled more childhood emotional abuse from their mother reported a higher average level of daily emotional distress nearly a decade later. The association between network stress and emotional distress was only significant among adult daughters. This emotional reactivity was attenuated by greater childhood emotional support from mothers.

Implications: Recalled childhood mother–child relationship continues to influence stress and coping across the lifespan, especially among women.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Permanent restricted access to Published version due to publisher's copyright policy.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - Department of Psychology
Date Deposited: 11 Jan 2016 23:49
Last Modified: 22 Mar 2017 01:50
Uncontrolled Keywords: attachment; abuse/neglect; life course/life span; stress and coping
Fields of Research : 11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1103 Clinical Sciences > 110308 Geriatrics and Gerontology
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 92 Health > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920410 Mental Health
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1093/geront/gns009
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/28193

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