A qualitative study was conducted to explore parent and adult child dyads’ perceptions of filial values and their influences on expectations of informal caregiving, intergenerational relationships, and self-perceptions of aging. The parent and adult child participants were obtained using convenience and snowball sampling methods. A total of five parents- and- son/daughter dyads and five additional interviews from parents only were included in the results. The results indicated that caregiving is defined as service provided through tangible and paid support. Filial values within the families were never taught/discussed, therefore parents did not anticipate informal caregiving from their adult children. The overall self-perception of aging was positive with some exceptions relating to physical limitations. Obtaining participants who self-identify as “non-caregivers” was challenging due to adult children unwillingness to participate. All five adult children participants who took part in this study did so with indifference on the topic of caregiving, resulting in little to no effort with completing follow-up questions. Many reasons may account for the aforementioned such as time constraint, lack of knowledge, and/or sensitivity to the topic. This highlights the sensitivity of adult children to being branded “non-caregivers” to their frail parents. Discussion of empathy education should be renewed/investigated.
|Commitee:||Nomura, Wendy, Ionescu, Elena|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|Department:||Family and Consumer Sciences|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 81/8(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Keywords:||Collectivist ideology, Family caregiving, Filial piety, Informal caregiving, Intergenerational relationship, Parent/ adult children dyads|
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