Journal of Child and Family Studies

, Volume 28, Issue 5, pp 1250–1262 | Cite as

Exchange of Emotional Support Between Adult Children and their Parents and the Children’s Well-being

  • Liora Bar-TurEmail author
  • Kfir Ifrah
  • Dahlia Moore
  • Bat Katzman
Original Paper



The present study examined the associations between exchanges of emotional support of Israeli adult children with their parents, their emotional bond with their parents, and the children’s well-being.


A self-report survey was administered to 1013 participants aged 21–45 (72.8% female, 49.5% students, and 55.7% of whom lived with their parents) that reported on their relationships with their mothers and fathers. Structural equation models tested the relationships of the participants with their mothers and fathers separately.


The emotional bond contributed directly to the emotional support received from each parent and to the children’s positive well-being but not to the emotional support given to each parent. The latter association was dependent on the emotional support received from each parent. The results also showed that emotional support given to each parent made a stronger contribution to children’s positive well-being than emotional support received from each parent.


Adult children’s emotional support given to their parents made a stronger contribution to the positive well-being of these children than emotional support received from their parents. Providing parents with emotional support may contribute to a sense of reciprocity and connectedness that positively relates to adult children’s positive well-being. Further studies are recommended to examine emotional support exchange of adult children and their parents in other countries and cultural contexts as well as to compare the reports of both children and parents on their relationships.


Author Contributions

L.B.T. designed and executed the study, assisted with the data analyses, and wrote the paper. K.I. conducted the data analyses and collaborated in writing the paper. D.M. collaborated in designing the study and in the data analysis. B.K. collaborated in designing and executing the study.

Compliance with Ethical Standards

Conflict of Interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

Ethical Approval

All procedures involving human participants were in accordance with the ethical standards of the School of Management Academic Studies Institutional Review Board.

Informed Consent

All participants included in the study marked “I agree” on the Informed Consent statement.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Liora Bar-Tur
    • 1
    Email author
  • Kfir Ifrah
    • 2
  • Dahlia Moore
    • 3
  • Bat Katzman
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Behavioral SciencesCollege of Management-Academic StudiesRishon LezionIsrael
  2. 2.The Herczeg Institute on AgingTel Aviv UniversityTel AvivIsrael
  3. 3.Academic College of Tel Aviv-Jaffa, Tel AvivTel AvivIsrael

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