ERIC Number: EJ811974
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Abstractor: As Provided
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Reasons Young Adults Visit (and Do Not Visit) Impaired Grandparents
Boon, Susan D.; Shaw, Megan J.
Canadian Journal on Aging, v26 n4 p357-365 Win 2007
This study explored the value undergraduate students (N = 138) attach to relationships with impaired grandparents by examining some of the reasons they visit (and do not visit) grandparents who live with conditions limiting their cognitive, physical, or psychological well-being. As part of a larger study, participants completed two checklists to indicate their reasons for visiting and not visiting their affected grandparents. Reward-based reasons were endorsed more frequently as motives for visiting than were reasons based on external constraints, family difficulties, guilt, or wanting to take advantage of the time left with their grandparents. Barriers that restricted opportunities to visit were endorsed more frequently as explanations for participants' failure to visit than were problems in the relationship itself, guilt, or severity of impairment.
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Measures (Individuals), Grandparents, Psychological Patterns, Family Relationship, Check Lists, Decision Making, Rewards, Motivation, Barriers, Disabilities
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Education Level: Higher Education
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