Title page for ETD etd-06102012-040544

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author McGilliard, Jan L
URN etd-06102012-040544
Title Response patterns of older marrieds to questions regarding anticipated help
Degree Master of Science
Department Family and Child Development
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
McAuley, William J. Committee Chair
Blieszner, Rosemary Committee Member
Newhouse, Janette K. Committee Member
  • Domestic relations
Date of Defense 1989-05-15
Availability restricted
This study investigated, responses, of older married persons to questions concerning

anticipated availability of help and anticipated sources of help for seven in-home service

area's: personal care, nursing care, physical therapy, continuous supervision, household chores, and meal preparation. Variables such as age, gender, level of impairment,

proximity of nearest family member, and social resources served as independent variables

for this study. Anticipated availability of, help and anticipated sources of help,

specifically spouse, other family member, friend-neighbor, agency, or other, served as

dependent variables.

The investigator's interest was to determine what variables influenced the choice of

spouse versus other choices in, anticipated sources of help, and to examine gender

differences in anticipated assistance. Use of chi square analysis determined the

independence of variables characterizing older married respondents and their anticipated

sources of help.

Respondents most frequently chose spouse as the anticipated source of help for all

in-home services except physical therapy, where agency was the most frequently chosen

source of help. Men anticipated help from spouse significantly more than did women.

Women anticipated help from sources other than spouse more frequently than men.

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