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Document Type

Thesis - University Access Only

Award Date


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department / School

Graduate Nursing

First Advisor

Sharon Hofland


family relationships and adult children, family relationships and caregivers, caring for aging parents, parent and adult child


Selected attributes, amount of stress, and perceived education and support needs of 51 adult caregivers of parents or parents-in-law were analyzed. The nonprobability sample was obtained from adult children whose parent or parent-in-law was a patient in a rehabilitation unit. A revised version of E. Matthis' (1989) questionnaire was used to determine how important education and support needs were to the subjects. The Chronbach's alpha was 0.92.
This investigation found that adult children who provide care for a parent or parent-in-law have many learning and support needs, and they also experience a great deal of stress in their roles of caregiver. These findings have implications for nursing and further research.
I give my permission to the College of Nursing, South Dakota State University, to publish this abstract in a collection of abstracts from master's projects and theses.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Adult children -- Family relationships
Caregivers -- Family relationships
Aging parents -- Care
Parent and adult child



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