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The Features of Attachment in Old Adulthood

Liu Chunhua;Wang Dahua;Chen Cuiling;Liu Yongguang   

  1. Institute of Developmental Psychology, Beijing Normal University, Beijing 100875, China

  • Received:2007-07-06 Revised:1900-01-01 Online:2008-01-15 Published:2008-01-15
  • Contact: Wang Dahua

Abstract: It’s just from last 90’s that the area of old people’s attachment began to raise interests among psychologists. Despite of its short history, numbers of researches have been taken in many aspects. Various attachment objects, such as siblings, adult children, spouse, parents and God as a symbol, were found in elderly. Age effects were indicated in terms of attachment styles. And the mental function of attachment has been examined mainly within two fields. One was care giving and chronic illness; the other was adjustment and subjective well-being. Apparently though, some challenges are facing researchers at the moment, such as the relationship between concepts of attachment behavior and attachment style, development of measures for specific situations, and the implication of culture to attachment in elderly etc

Key words: old people, attachment, attachment style

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