Date of Paper

5-2014

Type of Paper

Clinical research paper

Degree Name

Master of Social Work (M.S.W.)

Department

Social Work

First Advisor

Abel Knochel

Abstract

The purpose of this research was to explore the family as a unit, in particular the effects on the multigenerational family when at least one person is giving care to an adult over the age of 65. While, most prior research focused on the caregiver, this study looked at family as a whole single unit. The respondents were asked to describe how the caregiving affected them personally as well as how it affected the family.

The sample for this study included 16 adult family members of caregivers for a person over age 65. Data was collected utilizing an online survey. Respondents were recruited with the assistance of local senior assisted living and apartment communities and by some postings in local social work groups.

Respondents voiced that life was now stressful and frustrating. Although some revealed there were benefits, many stated the caregiving affected the family in an adverse way. This study confirmed the idea that having a family member caring for an older adult member does affect the dynamics of the whole family.

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