A conceptual and empirical exploration of personal autonomy issues within family caregiving relationships

Gerontologist. 1991 Feb;31(1):23-31. doi: 10.1093/geront/31.1.23.

Abstract

We explored personal autonomy issues within family caregiving relationships and found little evidence of significant autonomy conflicts. Findings did suggest, however, that family members were more sensitive to autonomy issues than were their frail older relatives and that both groups defined the disability itself as the major impediment to autonomy in later life. Findings support the usefulness of an expanded definition of autonomy, emphasizing the importance of goal-directed behavior, which may be inhibited by intrinsic conditions as well as external forces.

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Dependency, Psychological*
  • Female
  • Home Nursing / psychology*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Parent-Child Relations*
  • Vision, Low / psychology