ERIC Number: EJ962965
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 39
Listening to Older Adult Parents of Adult Children with Mental Illness
Smith, Judith R.
Journal of Family Social Work, v15 n2 p126-140 2012
This article uses qualitative research and narrative analysis to examine the experience of women age 55 and older who are parents caring for adult children with mental illness. Knowledge about the conflicts of older parents with dependent children is underdeveloped. In this study, analysis of women's stories about parenting in later life reveal that the women have two sets of feelings: wanting to be free from the responsibility of caregiving and feeling responsible to continue the support and protection of their adult vulnerable children. The women's conflicts are palpable and are found in the ideational themes of the narratives, as well as the structure of how the narratives are spoken. The discussion highlights the relevance of the theory of ambivalence for clinical practice when working with older women who are caregivers for their adult dependent children.
Descriptors: Qualitative Research, Females, Mental Disorders, Dependents, Caregivers, Older Adults, Parent Child Relationship, Adults, Personal Narratives, Conflict, Counseling Techniques, Social Work
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