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ERIC Number: ED172060
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Satisfaction With Family Relations Among the Elderly.
Seelbach, Wayne C.; Hansen, Charles J.
Perceptions of 160 institutionalized and 207 noninstitutionalized old people (mean age = 76.6 yrs.) were examined with respect to the quality of their family relations. Responses to six survey items measuring satisfaction with various aspects of family relations were cross-tabulated with gender, marital status, health status, age, and living arrangements to discern significant variations in satisfaction with family relations. Chi-square and gamma were employed as measures of significance and strength of association. In addition to measuring respondents' overall evaluations of their families, survey items assessed such factors as: (1) satisfaction with general treatment received from families; (2) the attention which families paid to the older person; and (3) the amount of love and affection received from their families. The majority (80%) of the respondents were generally satisfied with their family relations, with some significant differences existing between the married and the widowed as well as between institutionalized and noninstitutionalized respondents. (Author)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Council on Family Relations (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, October 19-22, 1978); Best copy available