Objectives: Older adults’ greater susceptibility to mortality from COVID-19 may have meaningful psychological implications not only for them, but also for their children. In this study, we focused on daughters of older women and examined the intergenerational relationships as a correlate of daughters’ anxiety, depressive symptoms, and psychosomatic complaints. Method: Data were collected from 456 daughters of older mothers (M(age) = 40.82) during the first wave of the COVID-19 outbreak in Israel, when a relatively strict lockdown was enforced, separating mothers and daughters. Results: Findings suggest that while mothers’ objective risk factors (age and morbidity) were mostly not associated with their daughters’ distress, the daughters’ concern about their mothers, and their perceived ambivalence in the relationship with the mother, as well as structural and affectual solidarity, were. Conclusion: We conclude that the mother-daughter relationship is an important correlate of daughters’ reactions to this health crisis. Practically, it suggests that some daughters to aging mothers could be at a greater risk for emotional distress following the COVID-19 outbreak.
|Journal||Aging and Mental Health|
|State||Accepted/In press - 2021|
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- depressive symptoms
- intergenerational relationships
- older mothers
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Psychiatric Mental Health
- Geriatrics and Gerontology
- Psychiatry and Mental health