Navigation Links
Stepchildren May Step Up to Help Elderly Stepparents
Date:11/2/2011

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 2 (HealthDay News) -- The quality of relationships is more important than genetic ties in determining who will look after elderly relatives in families affected by divorce and remarriage, according to a new study.

Traditionally, adult children have assumed the responsibility of caring for aging parents, but that customary caregiving role has become blurred in the United States with the increasing number of families that are reshaped by divorce and remarriage.

University of Missouri researchers found that relationship quality, a history of mutual help and the availability of resources influence decisions about who cares for aging parents and stepparents.

"The idea that family obligations are based on genetic ties is not true for most Americans," Lawrence Ganong, a professor and co-chair in the human development and family studies department, said in a university news release.

"How close family members are to each other, how much they have been helped by them in the past, and what hardships caregiving might place on family members are important factors when people consider caring for older kin," he explained.

In the study, participants were given hypothetical caregiving scenarios involving an aging parent or stepparent and a child or stepchild and asked to decide who should provide care.

Most of the participants said genetic ties play a role in caregiving decisions but do not automatically oblige adult children to help older relatives.

"Based on what happens before, during and after marital transitions, family members may change what they think their responsibilities are regarding helping and providing care to kin," Ganong said.

"As a society that relies on families to provide much of the care for older adults, we need to better understand the effects of changes in families due to divorce and remarriage," he noted.

The study was presented earlier this year at the International Family Nursing Conference in Japan. Because this study was presented at a medical meeting, the data and conclusions should be viewed as preliminary until published in a peer-reviewed journal.

More information

The National Family Caregivers Association has more about family caregiving.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: University of Missouri, news release, October 2011


'/>"/>
Copyright©2010 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Stepchildren relate to stepparents based on perceived benefits, researchers find
2. Many company closures await when elderly small business owners retire
3. Study finds no link between elderly patient activity and hospital falls
4. Slower Walking Speed Linked to Surgical Risk in Elderly
5. Elderly long-term care residents suffer cognitively during disasters
6. Lasers Safe for Removal of Pacemaker Wires in Elderly: Study
7. Elderly patients may be undertreated for prostate cancer
8. Elderly breast cancer patients risk treatment discrimination
9. Some memory complaints in the elderly may be warning signs of cognitive problems
10. Institute for Aging Research study finds Bostons elderly homeless sicker than others
11. Blood Protein Might Signal Death Risk in Elderly
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... June 24, 2016 , ... Those who have experienced traumatic events may ... to unhealthy avenues, such as drug or alcohol abuse, as a coping mechanism. To ... for healthy coping following a traumatic event. , Trauma sufferers tend to feel a ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... June 24, 2016 , ... Global law ... magazine’s 2016 Legal Elite. The attorneys chosen by their peers for this recognition are ... , Seven Greenberg Traurig Shareholders received special honors as members of this year’s Legal ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... , ... People across the U.S. are sharpening their pencils and honing their ... in which patients and their families pay tribute to a genetic counselor by nominating ... of Genetic Counselors (NSGC) Annual Education Conference (AEC) this September. , In April, ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... June 24, 2016 , ... ... is actively feeding the Frederick area economy by obtaining investment capital for emerging ... the past 2½ years that have already resulted in more than a million ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... 2016 , ... Advanced Plastic Surgery Institute ( http://www.advancedplasticsurgeryinstitute.com ), ... official Medspa Sponsor. Dr. Josh Olson, a board-certified plastic surgeon, owns the practice, ... says the decision to support the pageant in an official capacity is a ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/24/2016)... , June 24, 2016  Consumers have ... and regulators/payers have placed more emphasis on patient ... patient support programs in the pharmaceutical industry have ... medications. Consequently, pharmaceutical companies are focusing on becoming ... are providing products and services that improve health. ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... June 24, 2016 Research ... "Structural Electronics 2015-2025: Applications, Technologies, Forecasts" ... In-Mold Electronics, Smart Skin, Structural Health ... Structural electronics involves electronic and/or electrical ... structures, replacing dumb structures such as vehicle bodies ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... PUNE, India , June 24, 2016 ... "Pen Needles Market by Type (Standard Pen Needles, Safety ... 12mm), Therapy (Insulin, GLP-1, Growth Hormone), Mode of Purchase ... published by MarketsandMarkets, This report studies the market for ... is expected to reach USD 2.81 Billion by 2021 ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: