Ambivalence and attachment in family relationships

Gregory R. Maio, Frank D. Fincham, Camillo Regalia, Francesca Giorgia Paleari

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Parents and children can drive each other mad. At one moment, a parent may be encouraging and affectionate toward the child; in the next, the parent may be sending the child to his or her bedroom. Similarly, a child who seems helpful and cooperative can suddenly turn belligerent. Parents and children may partly resolve the mixture of negative and positive feelings they experience in such situations by remembering their basic love for each other. Nevertheless, the conflicting sentiments will be stored in the memory of both parties, contributing to a long-lasting melange of conflicting beliefs, feelings, and behaviors. What are the psychological consequences of this state of affairs in relationships?
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIntergenerational Ambivalences
Subtitle of host publicationNew Perspectives on Parent-Child Relations in Later Life
EditorsK. Pillemer, K. Luscher
Place of PublicationBingley, U. K.
PublisherEmerald Group Publishing Ltd.
Number of pages28
ISBN (Electronic)9781849505180
ISBN (Print)9780762308019
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2003

Publication series

NameContemporary Perspectives in Family Research

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science


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