ERIC Number: ED115668
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-May
Reference Count: 0
The Development and Evaluation of a Measure of Giving Care and of Receiving Care.
Haase, Ann Marie Bernazza; Winder, Alvin E.
The purpose of this study was to develop a measure of caring attitudes among young adults with specific reference to how persons in training for a variety of professions feel about caring for others and receiving care from them. A sample of 264 and 261 persons, ages 17 to 25, responded to the giving care and the receiving care instruments respectively. In both samples, approximately 50 percent of the subjects were studying for caring professions such as nursing, public health, and clincal psychology. Using coefficient alpha, a reliability of .794 and .794 was obtained for the giving and receiving care instruments. Studies of population differences on giving care snow: carers score higher than noncarers, female and male carers score equally well, and female noncarers, score higher than male noncarers. On receiving care, studies of population differences show no differences obtained between carers and noncarers and between males and females. Results were discussed both in relation to a theory of care giving and sex differences. A review of the literature of help-giving and caring reveals that the first two have received some recent attention. Scant information is available, however, on either the theory or measurement of caring. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the New England Educational Research Organization (Provincetown, Massachusetts, May 1-3, 1975)