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Maturidade filiar e cuidados a pais envelhecidos

Maturidade filiar e cuidados a pais envelhecidos

Diana Morais, Lia Fernandes, e Carla Faria, «Maturidade filiar e cuidados a pais envelhecidos», em Novos Desafios, Novas Competências: Contributos Atuais da Psicologia, ed. Paulo C. Dias et al., Psicologia 7 (Braga: Axioma - Publicações da Faculdade de Filosofia, 2016), 157–70, DOI 10.17990/Axi/2016_9789726972679_157

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Maturidade filiar e cuidados a pais envelhecidos

Type Book Section
Editor Paulo C. Dias
Editor Armanda Gonçalves
Editor Ângela Azevedo
Editor Fátima Lobo
Author Diana Morais
Author Lia Fernandes
Author Carla Faria
Rights © 2016 Aletheia - Associação Científica e Cultural
Series Psicologia
Place Braga
Publisher Axioma - Publicações da Faculdade de Filosofia
Pages 157-170
ISBN 978-972-697-267-9
Date 2016
Series Number 7
Language Portuguese
Abstract With the current population aging, the need for informal care to older people has become more apparent. In this context, filial care take on a significant role that makes caregiving a normative developmental task of middle age, assuming a double directionality: on the one hand it is directed downward (toward children), on the other hand, with the increasing vulnerability in parents, it is directed upward (Igarashi, Hooker, Coehlo, & Manoogian, 2013; Campbell, 2010; Shulman, 2005). Since middle aged children tend to assume the responsibility for older parents care, it is important to understand the way this care is processed. One dimension that, yet little studied, has been analyzed and related to filial caregiving is filial maturity (Perrig-Chiello & Sturzenegger, 2001; Cicirelli, 2000, Marcoen, 1995; Murray, Lowe, & Horne, 1995). The concept of filial maturity was introduced by Blenkner (1965) to describe a developmental stage, in which the adult child surpasses the filial crisis, understanding and accepting parents’ needs of support and comfort, and relating with them more horizontally, and out of a strictly parental role. This way, the present lecture is based in a theoretical review and aims to (1) analyze theoretical contributions on the theme filial maturity and caregiving in the relationship between middle aged children and older parents, (2) discuss the studies findings, highlighting implications for research and for filial caregiving practice improvement. A research in reference data bases, was conducted, using the terms filial maturity, caregiving, middle age, old parents, adult children. The results suggest that the overcoming of filial crisis and the consequent acceptance of parental vulnerabilities are associated with the ability to care (Hayes, & Truglio-Londrigan, 1985; Stiens, Maeck, & Stoppe, 2006).
Book Title Novos Desafios, Novas Competências: Contributos Atuais da Psicologia
Date Added 21/12/2016, 17:40:59
Modified 22/12/2016, 10:23:44


  • filial caregiving
  • filial crisis
  • filial maturity
  • middle-aged children
  • old parents


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