ERIC Number: ED155544
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Nov
Helping Adults Assist Aging Parents.
Lieberman, Grace L.
It is important to understand cultural, demographic and ethnic differences in how adult children experience their roles as parent-carers and to harness this understanding to effective use of adult children, either as intermediaries or front-line agents, in meeting the increasing needs for care that are likely to accompany their parents' aging. Thus study is based on a series of questions addressed to 791 respondents, aged 20-70, who had living parents or parents-in-law. The sample was subdivided into three age-sex groups based on an analysis of respondents by five-year age periods. The age-sex groupings represented respondents from 20-34 years old, 35-49 years old, and 50-70 years old. The findings suggest that parent concerns create stress, somewhat from the onset of adulthood, more so from age 35-50, and especially so over 50. Class and probably race went heavily in determining what people think ought to govern behavior of adults toward their parents. The findings suggest our need to know a great deal more about class and other differences in perceptions of appropriate filial roles. In this way, policies which assume family involvement can be judiciously formulated and administered. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Conference of the Gerontological Society (29th, New York, N.Y., October, 1977); Not available in hard copy due to marginal legibility