Taking Care of Aged Parents

A Family Cycle Transition
  • Betsy Robinson
  • Majda Thurnher
Part of the The Springer Series on Stress and Coping book series (SSSO)


Thirty years ago Robert Havighurst11 noted that the last developmental task of middle-age is adjusting to aged parents. He defined this task as meeting the needs of aging parents in such a way as to make life as satisfactory as possible for both the parent and middle-age generations. However, most research into late-life, parent—child relationships has tended to focus almost exclusively on data gathered from the aged parent and neglected the viewpoint of the adult child. Only recently has there been growing awareness (or rediscovery) that the nature of the relationship between adult children and their parents is critical for the well-being of both.


Life Satisfaction Adult Child Baseline Interview Aged Parent Taking CARE 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Betsy Robinson
    • 1
  • Majda Thurnher
    • 2
  1. 1.Division of Family and Community MedicineUniversity of CaliforniaSan FranciscoUSA
  2. 2.Human Development & Aging ProgramUniversity of CaliforniaSan FranciscoUSA

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