Family Integrity Among Older Caregivers of Relatives With Dementia

Sara Guerra, Daniela Figueiredo, Marta Patrão, Liliana Sousa
2016 Paidéia (Ribeirão Preto)  
The construct of family integrity denotes that older persons' attainment of ego integrity is linked to family relationships. Family integrity is the positive outcome (overall satisfaction with life); disconnection (dissatisfaction) and alienation (estrangement) are the negative outcomes. This study focuses on elderly people who are primary caregivers of relatives with dementia, and examines their experience of events related to that role, which are perceived as being of influence on their sense
more » ... ence on their sense of family integrity. The sample included 26 participants. Open-ended interviews were conducted. The interview transcripts were submitted to content analysis. The main findings suggest that caregivers who experience family integrity tend to embrace the new life demand associated with the caregiving role, while those tending towards disconnection struggle to maintain their pre-existing goals, and those experiencing alienation tend to feel helpless. Caring for a relative with dementia has an impact on multiple aspects of family life.
doi:10.1590/1982-43272663201603 fatcat:xquaoqdwrrgs3eq6fzafkrjdpe