Date of Award

January 2023

Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Public Health (MPH)


School of Public Health

First Advisor

Joan K. Monin


Objectives – The objective of this paper was to investigate the associations between childhood parental bonding with current perceived caregiving burden and levels of perceived support from the parent among adult children of a parent living with early-stage dementia.Methods – One hundred and forty-four adult children completed self-report questionnaires that included the following measures: the Parental Bonding Inventory (PBI), Zarit Burden Interview (ZBI), and Perceived Partner Responsiveness Scale (PPRS). Multiple linear regression models were conducted to investigate the relationships between the parental bonding subscales (care, overprotection, and optimal parenting), caregiving burden, and relationship quality scores. Results – Adult children who identified more care, less protection, and optimal parenting in the childhood bond with their parent reported greater current perceived support from their parent, but not reduced caregiver burden. Conclusions – Our findings indicate that childhood parenting bonding may have consequences for the quality of the parent-child relationship in later life. KEYWORDS – burden, relationship quality, Parental Bonding Inventory, parent-child relationship, Social and Behavioral Sciences


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