ERIC Number: EJ720204
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
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Care-Receiver and Caregiver Assessments of Functioning: Are There Gender Differences?
Shaver, Julie C.; Allan, Diane E.
Canadian Journal on Aging, v24 n2 p139-150 Sum 2005
In situations where care-receivers cannot respond to questions about their functional status, caregiver proxies are often substituted. Yet studies addressing caregiver-care-receiver agreement remain limited in scope, focusing primarily on cognitive functioning and caregiver relationship. This study broadens the range of research in this area by examining caregiver and care-receiver reports of individual IADL and AADL items by gender of care-receiver. As well, the degree to which the care-receiver's age and mental and physical health status influence agreement are investigated. Data for this study come from a sample of 388 Manitoba older adults aged 65 and over. Results (using Cohen's kappa) suggest less agreement on the presence of disability for men than for women, particularly among those aged 75-84. Differences by health status were also revealed. The implications of the findings for assessments of functioning are considered.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Physical Health, Caregivers, Gender Differences, Health Conditions, Older Adults, Mental Health, Age Differences, Disabilities, Attitude Measures
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Identifiers - Location: Canada