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J Aging Soc Policy. 2006;18(3-4):59-78.

Families' values and attitudes regarding responsibility for the frail elderly: implications for aging policy.

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School of Social Work, University of Quebec, Montreal, Quebec, H3C 3P8, Canada. guberman.nancy@uqam.ca

Abstract

This study examines the norms and values associated with care to disabled and frail aging parents, in particular those with regard to the sharing of responsibilities for care between families and formal services, and this within three age cohorts in Quebec, Canada. It is based on a telephone interview of 1,315 people. Factor analysis yielded four factors: (1) family responsibility; (2) uncompromising family obligations; (3) acceptance of services; (4) distrust of services. Analyses of the data indicate that all three age cohorts consider that families have responsibilities for their aging family members, at the same time that they score very high on the acceptance of service scale. This article discusses these seemingly paradoxical results and their implications for aging policy.

PMID:
17135095
DOI:
10.1300/J031v18n03_05
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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