Attachment Behaviors in Parent Child Dyads Coping with Early Stage Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias

The purpose of the present study is to examine support seeking and caregiving behaviors among individuals with early stage Alzheimer’s Disease or related dementia and their adult child caregivers. Although self-reported attachment styles have been shown to predict older adults’ well-being, little research has focused on observed attachment behaviors as they occur in older adults’ relationships. Support-seeking and caregiving behaviors are important targets for dyadic interventions because behaviors have direct implications for both parents’ and children’s well-being.