This study examined the lived experiences of male caregivers to aging family members. Ten participants were interviewed using 10 open-ended questions. Participants described experiences related to topics such as initial stress experience, personally defining the term (stress), lives put on hold, shifting focus due to caregiving, feelings of selfishness, feeling overwhelmed, relationships with others, time, and caregiving in the future. Clark Moustakas’s transcendental phenomenological approach was used to analyze all 10 interviews, and the emerging themes were examined. Areas for future research identified include gathering more information related to preconditional and postconditional changes within each caregiver, addressing general perspectives and changes specific to male caregivers to aging family members, and how identifying what specific issues this population faces to offer a more concise definition of what it is like to be a male caregiver to aging family members.
|Commitee:||Contreras, Carlos, Vail, Thomas|
|Department:||Harold Abel School of Psychology|
|School Location:||United States -- Minnesota|
|Source:||DAI-A 81/9(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Social research, Gender studies|
|Keywords:||Differences in caregiving, Males caregivers, Aging family members|
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