ERIC Number: ED256995
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
'We Can Manage': Expectations about Care and Varieties of Family Support among People 75 Years and Over. Institute of Family Studies Monograph No. 5.
Day, Alice T.
The significance of family support to people in old age is explored in this book, which presents data from interviews with 23 elderly persons living in the community in Sydney, Australia. The monograph is divided into five parts. Part 1 describes the fieldwork setting and presents selected social and demographic characteristics of the interviewed persons. Part 2 examines how gender and living arrangements reinforce each other in shaping older people's expectations about care and patterns of daily activities. Part 3 discusses varieties of family support and their meanings to older people. The core of fieldwork findings is presented in this section which focuses on the concept of the availability of children's support, and on health and orientations toward self-help. In part 4, a typology is developed to illustrate orientations toward planning and preferences for future care found among the people interviewed. Part 5 summarizes the lessons learned from the life stories about older people and their care. Key findings from the study are presented in table form and highlights, such as the finding that many old people are reluctant to ask their children to help, are discussed. The appendices contain the research instruments and discuss the research methods used. (NRB)
Descriptors: Aging (Individuals), Coping, Expectation, Family Relationship, Family Role, Foreign Countries, Helping Relationship, Housing, Individual Needs, Older Adults, Sex Differences, Social Support Groups, Spouses
Institute of Family Studies, 766 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne 3000, Australia.
Publication Type: Books; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Institute of Family Studies, Melbourne (Australia).
Identifiers - Location: Australia