ERIC Number: ED185448
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Nov-27
Informal Helping Networks.
Kaplan, Barbara Hade; And Others
An area probability sample of 200 elderly residents, living in two California cities, were interviewed to determine the nature of informal helping networks enabling them to maintain independence, specifically the relationship between involvement in informal helping networks and utilization of social and health services. Preliminary findings suggest that the majority receive help from at least one other person, and one-third are engaged in a mutual exchange relationship. Transportation is the most frequently cited type of help. One-fourth of the sample's respondents were characterized as high risk, and the majority of individuals received personal, labor intensive support from family, friends, and neighbors. Sample respondents use formal services infrequently. Forty percent of the respondents indicated that, in times of crisis, they rely exclusively on informal helping supports; another 40% receive augmenting help from the formal service network; the remaining 20% felt they would have to rely completely on the formal service network. (Author)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Administration on Aging (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: University of Southern California, Los Angeles. Ethel Percy Andrus Gerontology Center.
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Scientific Meeting of the Gerontological Society (32nd, Washington, DC, November 25-29, 1979).