ERIC Number: ED317943
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Nov
Male Caregivers of the Elderly: The Integrity of Their Family Support Networks.
Applegate, Jeffrey S.; Kaye, Lenard W.
Because women have predominated as caregivers of the elderly, very little is known about the family support systems of men who assume this role. This study, based on a national study of male caregivers, examined the availability and level of family help received by male caregivers; the closeness, allegiance, and supportiveness in their families; and the relationship between these variables and such issues as caregiver burden and the degree of affectionate reciprocity between the caregivers and the recipients of their care. The results revealed that the average male caregiver was a white, protestant, middle class, moderately well-educated, retired man who was 68 years old. Most caregivers were husbands taking care of their wives. A minority were sons caring for a parent; instances of men helping in-laws, siblings, or friends were rare. Caregivers spent many hours each day performing a broad range of caregiving tasks and had been doing so for long period of time. Although most had living children or siblings, levels of concrete assistance from relatives were uneven. Study findings have implications for gender-sensitive service delivery and suggest directions for future research on male caregivers. (Author/NB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: American Association of Retired Persons, Washington, DC. Andrus Foundation.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Scientific Meeting of the Gerontological Society (42nd, Minneapolis, MN, November 17-21, 1989).