Family Caregivers of Functionally Impaired Elders: Challenges in Accessing and Recruiting the Male Caregiver

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/148362
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Presentation
Title:
Family Caregivers of Functionally Impaired Elders: Challenges in Accessing and Recruiting the Male Caregiver
Abstract:
Family Caregivers of Functionally Impaired Elders: Challenges in Accessing and Recruiting the Male Caregiver
Conference Sponsor:Sigma Theta Tau International
Conference Year:2001
Conference Date:November 10 - 14, 2001
Author:Houde, Susan
P.I. Institution Name:University of Massachusetts-Lowell
Objectives: The objectives of this paper are to identify gender bias in caregiver research and to highlight the necessity for the inclusion of male caregivers in future research. Findings: Family members are providing a major portion of the long term care in the home for individuals with dementia. The need for family care in the future is expected to rise because of the projected increase in the number of older adults over the next few decades. It is anticipated that males will need to assume an even greater role in caregiving because of demographic shifts in the United States and increased numbers of women joining the workforce. Despite a significant number of males providing care to family members at the present time, most previous research has been conducted on female caregivers. Many of the research studies that have addressed caregivers of elder family members with dementia over the past decade have had methodological weaknesses related to sample selection and small sample sizes. This is especially evident in male caregiver research where many of the samples are obtained through Alzheimer’s support groups and Alzheimer’s Associations. This contributes to a potential bias in male caregiver research. Conclusions: A review of research on male caregivers published in recent years exposes sampling limitations and potential biases. Trends in sampling for caregiver research requires analysis to ensure that caregiver research is gender balanced. Implications: Exclusion of the male caregiver experience from our knowledge of the dementia caregiver threatens the accurate understanding of the extent of current involvement by males as caregivers. It is essential that caregiver researchers develop successful recruitment strategies for the male caregiver and work to strengthen sampling designs for male caregiver research.
Repository Posting Date:
26-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
10-Nov-2001
Sponsors:
Sigma Theta Tau International

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dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleFamily Caregivers of Functionally Impaired Elders: Challenges in Accessing and Recruiting the Male Caregiveren_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/148362-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">Family Caregivers of Functionally Impaired Elders: Challenges in Accessing and Recruiting the Male Caregiver</td></tr><tr class="item-sponsor"><td class="label">Conference Sponsor:</td><td class="value">Sigma Theta Tau International</td></tr><tr class="item-year"><td class="label">Conference Year:</td><td class="value">2001</td></tr><tr class="item-conference-date"><td class="label">Conference Date:</td><td class="value">November 10 - 14, 2001</td></tr><tr class="item-author"><td class="label">Author:</td><td class="value">Houde, Susan</td></tr><tr class="item-institute"><td class="label">P.I. Institution Name:</td><td class="value">University of Massachusetts-Lowell</td></tr><tr class="item-email"><td class="label">Email:</td><td class="value">susan_houde@uml.edu</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">Objectives: The objectives of this paper are to identify gender bias in caregiver research and to highlight the necessity for the inclusion of male caregivers in future research. Findings: Family members are providing a major portion of the long term care in the home for individuals with dementia. The need for family care in the future is expected to rise because of the projected increase in the number of older adults over the next few decades. It is anticipated that males will need to assume an even greater role in caregiving because of demographic shifts in the United States and increased numbers of women joining the workforce. Despite a significant number of males providing care to family members at the present time, most previous research has been conducted on female caregivers. Many of the research studies that have addressed caregivers of elder family members with dementia over the past decade have had methodological weaknesses related to sample selection and small sample sizes. This is especially evident in male caregiver research where many of the samples are obtained through Alzheimer&rsquo;s support groups and Alzheimer&rsquo;s Associations. This contributes to a potential bias in male caregiver research. Conclusions: A review of research on male caregivers published in recent years exposes sampling limitations and potential biases. Trends in sampling for caregiver research requires analysis to ensure that caregiver research is gender balanced. Implications: Exclusion of the male caregiver experience from our knowledge of the dementia caregiver threatens the accurate understanding of the extent of current involvement by males as caregivers. It is essential that caregiver researchers develop successful recruitment strategies for the male caregiver and work to strengthen sampling designs for male caregiver research.</td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T09:44:04Z-
dc.date.issued2001-11-10en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T09:44:04Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipSigma Theta Tau Internationalen_GB
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