ERIC Number: ED297200
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Mar
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Older Male Primary Caregivers and the Homemaker Role.
Barresi, Charles M.; Smerglia, Virginia L.
The number of male primary caregivers has increased as social change has reduced the availability of female family members to fulfill the caregiving role. This study examined the perceived and actual role of caregiver by older men, especially in homemaker activities, and how this aspect of the caregiving role is impacted by age. Subjects (N=74) were male caregivers over the age of 60 who were gathered from an area volunteer service, local churches, and social service agencies. Data were obtained through a self-administered questionnaire which included objective and subjective measures of the caregiving role. Results indicated that although older men may have used formal services in accomplishing household tasks, they did not perceive chores to be problematic. There was some influence of socioeconomic status on adjustment to the caring role, although adjustment was not affected by the man's wife having been either a full-time homemaker or full-time worker outside the home. The study also found that older male caregivers needed respite as do all primary caregivers, but they did not perceive the homemaking and personal care tasks of caregiving as particularly problematic in comparison with other dimensions of the role. (Author/ABL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Society on Aging (34th, San Diego, CA, March 18-22, 1988).