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ERIC Number: ED276931
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1986-Nov
Pages: 14
Abstractor: N/A
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Contributions to Successful Aging by Familial Caretakers as Differentiated by Sex of Caretakers: Social Policy Implications.
Pastorello, Thomas; And Others
Research has explored the relationships between older adults in need of help and the informal support systems of caregivers. A preliminary analysis was conducted to examine all major facets of gerontological caregiving relationships and to differentiate findings in each area by the sex of the caregiver. Subjects were 121 informal caregivers of elderly relatives who were clients of the Loretto Geriatric Center of Central New York. Subjects completed questionnaires about their thoughts, feelings, and actions relevant to caregiving and their relationships to the care receivers. The results revealed that 79% of the caregivers were women. The overwhelming majority were family members, 45% of whom were adult daughters, 11% adult sons, and 11% adult siblings. Most respondents reported positive feelings about the caregiving relationship. Some sex differences were revealed: more women than men reported resentment toward non-helping relatives; more women than men felt their own health had suffered; and more men than women felt they did not do enough for the care received. These results say much about sex roles in American society and suggest implications with respect to social policy and the formal versus informal support systems of the elderly. A two-page reference list concludes the document. (NB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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