Date of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
Dr. Karl Kosloski
Using data from the Survey of Asset and Health Dynamics Among the Oldest-Old, Wave 1, 1993, the differences between elderly parents and childless elderly in the sources of assistance that are available to them and utilized by them are examined. Parental status is examined for its effect on sources of assistance with activities of daily living (ADLs), instrumental activities of daily living (LADLs), expected sources of future support with ADLs/LADLs, residence in a building or community which provides personal care services and with financial management. The effect is controlled for covariates of marital status, age, sex, and household income using regression models. The examination found that the lack of or presence of children does affect who assists an elderly person. Overall, the childless respondents used more non-family sources of assistance with a broad spectrum of care needs. Implications of the findings are discussed and recommendations for future research are detailed.
Hayes, Melanie, "The Availability and Utilization of Assistance by Childless Elderly and Elderly Parents: A Comparative Study" (1998). Student Work. 2081.