Thursday, July 22, 2004
9:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Thursday, July 22, 2004
2:30 PM - 3:00 PM
This presentation is part of : Posters I
Cultural Role Expectation and Attachment Styles Among Intergenerational Taiwanese Caregivers of Cognitively Impaired Aging Relatives
Ming-Der Lee, MS, RN, Jeanne Grace, PhD, and Hong Li, RN, PhD. School of Nursing, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY, USA

Objective: The objective of this research is to test and refine a model of intergenerational caregiving in a population of Taiwanese caregivers of cognitively impaired aging relatives. The model incorporates both individual and sociocultural perspectives to explain outcomes for adult child caregivers of cognitively impaired elders.

Design: A descriptive, correlational study will be used to identify hypothesized relationships within a theoretical framework.

Population/Sample/Setting: The sample will consist of 100 Taiwanese adult caregivers of cognitively impaired aging relatives 65 years or older admitted to three home care agencies in Northern Taipei of Taiwan. Data will be collected during fall and winter 2003. Results will be available in Spring 2004.

Concepts/Outcome variables: Role theory and attachment theory were combined to inquire into and extend the understanding of intergenerational caregiving. Relationships among the following concepts will be examined: role demand, role conflict, caregiving resources, role expectation, attachment styles, and role consequences (i.e., role strain and role reward) in a different cultural population.

Method: All instruments that reflect the main concepts were selected based on their psychometric properties, normative information, availability and efficiency of administration. The internal consistency reliability for all instruments used in this study was equal or greater than .70. A hierarchical multiple regression will be used to examine proposed mediating effect of role performance and the moderating effects of caregiver░Žs perception of filial obligation and attachment styles on both caregiving consequences.

Findings/Conclusions/Implications: Findings from this effort may expand the knowledge base about multi-cultural caregiving outcomes for adult-child caregivers of cognitively impaired, elderly family members. Such findings may also ultimately provide new insight into the design of culturally sensitive, effective policies and programs for Taiwanese caregivers of their cognitively impaired elders.

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