ERIC Number: ED313599
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Nov
Sampling Bias in Family Caregiving Studies: A Research Note.
Walker, Alexis J.; Pratt, Clara C.
This study examined the characteristics of elderly persons receiving help from family members as reported in published studies on family caregiving. The data were drawn from 10 volumes of the "Journal of Gerontology" and "The Gerontologist" (1978-1988). Thirty-one family caregiving studies were identified. Although few of the elderly require assistance with the activities of daily living, the data showed that family caregiving studies focused disproportionately on this severely disabled group. An analysis of the studies revealed that dementia and severe physical limitations were over-represented while less severe limitations were under-represented. Although the vast majority of family caregivers spend their time helping the elderly with transportation, shopping and errands, household chores, and meal preparation, this type of instrumental care was underrepresented in the literature. Family caregiving research appears to understate the most frequent help given to elders (instrumental help) and may over-represent caregiving burden. (Author/NB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. on Aging (DHHS/PHS), Bethesda, MD.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Gerontological Society of America (42nd, Minneapolis MN, November 17-21, 1989).