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ERIC Number: ED261279
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Mar-19
Pages: 12
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Increasing the Effectiveness of the Informal Support System in Rural Areas. Research Brief.
Brown, Arnold S.
A major problem of long term care for the elderly is providing alternatives to institutionalization. An estimated 75 percent of all long term care provided to the elderly is from informal caregivers, usually family members who face numerous problems they are not trained to handle. A model program which provided 25 informal volunteer caregivers with training in caregiving skills was evaluated in terms of two hypotheses: (1) that commitment to caregiving and the caregiving group, knowledge of community services, confidence in caregiving ability, and a positive perception of community services would be bolstered by frequent attendance at the training sessions; (2) that as these factors increased, willingness to serve as informal caregivers would also increase. Pre- and post-test questionnaire data were obtained from 14 program participants. The results showed a negative correlation between attendance at training sessions and confidence in the performance of caregiver tasks, commitment to caregiving, and commitment to the caregiver group. Although some participants became more familiar with community services, regarded services more positively, gained in caregiver confidence, and became more committed to caregiving and the caregiver group, these changes were not correlated with attendance at the training sessions. (DPO)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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