ERIC Number: ED311323
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Mar
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Concern of Black and White College Students over Expected Parental Caregiver Role.
Horne, Lynn; Lowe, James D., Jr.
The expected dramatic increase in the number of elderly people will bring with it an equally dramatic demand for increasing amounts of care and assistance for those who are manifesting the frailties of old age. This study assessed the level of concern or anxiety manifested by young adults when asked to consider their assumption of care responsibilities for aging parents. Since there is some evidence that parental care responsibilities may be viewed differently by black and white adult children, differences in black and white college students in their concern over the prospect of caring for elderly parents were explored. Subjects (N=154), of whom 125 were white and 29 were black, were college students from intact two-parent families. Each student was administered the State-Trait Anxiety Inventory completing an anxiety scale relative to the likelihood of having to provide services to elderly parents. The results of the study indicated that anticipation of caregiving responsibilities for a parent in the future was very anxiety-provoking for white college students but aroused little apprehension among black students. White students should be far more amenable to education efforts aimed at helping them cope with such feelings. The lack of anxiety manifested by black students indicates a tolerance of the responsibilities of a caregiving role. (ABL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southwestern Psychological Association (35th, Washington, DC, March 22-25, 1989).