ERIC Number: ED103755
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Adult Children as Caretakers for Aged Parents: Toward a Theoretical Formulation.
Seelbach, Wayne C.
This paper presents a taxonomy of variables which may be involved in the designation of one of the aged parents' offspring to fill the caretaker role in times of crisis. Extended family structures have become more nucleated under the influences of urbanization and industrialization. As a consequence, caring for the aged has become the responsibility of other social institutions. This paper cites several studies which have investigated the nature of generational differences in willingness to support aged parents. While caretaker behaviors may be viewed as a kind of leadership activity, numerous empirical studies have generally failed to find any consistent trait which can categorize leaders. Caretaker role behavior and its associated responsibilities have varied consequences for family patterns. Knowledge and hypotheses about the variables instrumental in the identification and selection of the caretaker family member might enable marriage and family therapists to deal more effectively with various problems stemming from the caretaker role. (Author/RVJ)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Council for Family Relations-American Association of Marriage and Family Counselors (St. Louis, Missouri, October 1974)