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Volume 59 Issue 2 (June 1986), Pages 113-203

Senile dementia: Factors associated with caregivers' preference for institutional care (pages 165-171)

This paper presents findings concerning variables expected to influence the motivation of persons caring for a dementing relative in the community to continue giving care and support. The variables examined in relation to ‘preference for institutional care’ were those previously examined in relation to supporters' psychological well‐being (Gilhooly, 1984). The results indicate that factors within the relationship between supporter and the dependent dementing relative are important determinants of motivation to continue giving support. Other variables significantly associated with advocacy of institutional care included the age of the supporter, supporter' contacts with friends, satisfaction with help from relatives, another dependent relative, and whether or not the supporter was employed. Help from the services and supporters' well‐being were not significantly correlated with ratings of preference for institutional care.

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