ERIC Number: ED208320
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Role Conflict for Aides in a Homemaker Aid Program for the Rural Frail Elderly.
Haemmerlie, Frances M.; Montgomery, Robert L.
The importance of programs that help the elderly to continue living at home has been clearly established. Homemaker aides in these programs generally provide homemaking assistance and psychological support to their clients, but may experience role conflict as a result of responding directly to the demands of both clients and the program. Clients (N=27), aides (N=19), and staff members (N=10) of the Senior Services Council (a program to assist the frail elderly in light household chores) provided answers to 18 Likert-type items about situations that might create potential conflict for the aide. Results indicated that staff members considered the potential problems to be more significant than the aides; the aides regarded the potential problems to be more significant than the clients. For all three groups, the primary problem was that the client tried to get the aide to talk about herself and other clients. The perception of a test item as a problem depended upon the rater, i.e., staff member, aide, or client, of the item. These findings suggest that the aide's position is not well understood by the aides, the staff, or the clients. (NRB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Administration on Aging (DHHS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Missouri Univ., Columbia.
Note: For related document, see CG 015 492. Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the Southwestern Psychological Association (27th, Houston, TX, April 16-18, 1981).