ERIC Number: ED201917
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Nov
The Impact of Parent-Caring on the Middle-Aged Child.
Zweibel, Nancy Ropeik
Many middle-aged children care for their aging parents, i.e., they both care for and care about the parent(s). The emotional and cognitive responses of middle-aged children to their aged parents or parents-in-law were examined through interviews with 51 middle-aged adults. Responses were analyzed to determine the level, type and range of concerns respondents had regarding the well-being of their aged parents and the burden of parent-caring. Most respondents displayed a high overall level of concern. Women were more likely than men to display concern at higher levels; respondents sharing a home with a parent were more likely than respondents from different households to display higher levels of concern. Type of concern varied somewhat according to sex of respondent and living arrangements. Very few respondents indicated any burdens associated with parent-caring. Findings indicated that parent-caring may better prepare a child for his own old age and, consequently, his ability to adapt to aging may be strengthened. Findings also illustrate the need for programs to educate the middle-aged child about the nature of old age, the care required by aged parents, and the appropriate strategy for obtaining assistance. (Author/NRB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Scientific Meeting of the Gerontological Society (33rd, San Diego, CA, November 21-25, 1980).