ERIC Number: EJ1019599
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Nov
Abstractor: As Provided
Parental Emotional Support during Emerging Adulthood and Baby Boomers' Well-Being in Midlife
Poon, Cecilia Y. M.; Knight, Bob G.
International Journal of Behavioral Development, v37 n6 p498-504 Nov 2013
This study examined whether parental emotional support around emerging adulthood influenced well-being in midlife. We applied latent growth curve (LGC) models on 337 Baby Boomers who were in their late teens to early 20s when they entered the Longitudinal Study of Generations (LSOG) in 1971. There was a small but significant decline in self-rated health and positive emotions through 2005, but not depressive symptoms. Greater support from fathers in 1971 was associated with better self-rated health, less depression, and a slower decline in self-rated health across midlife. Greater support from mothers was associated with more positive emotions. These associations did not significantly differ among sons and daughters. Findings are discussed in the context of cumulative advantage/disadvantage and life-stage specific challenges to highlight the importance of parental emotional support during life transitions.
Descriptors: Parent Child Relationship, Baby Boomers, Adults, Well Being, Correlation, Longitudinal Studies, Depression (Psychology), Symptoms (Individual Disorders), Mothers, Positive Attitudes, Fathers, Self Evaluation (Individuals), Advantaged, Disadvantaged, Emotional Disturbances
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Identifiers - Location: California
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Center for Epidemiologic Studies Depression Scale