The Existential Experience Of Adult Child Caregiver Essay

1364 Words Dec 3rd, 2016 6 Pages
This study investigated adult child caregivers existential experience providing care to their parents at end-of-life (EOL). A literature review identified limited research about the existential experience of adult child caregiver populations providing EOL care. For instance, Totman, Pistrang, Hennessey, and Martin (2015) identified existential domains as receiving very limited attention, despite a large amount of research focused on caregiver needs. In addition, Totman et. al. reported limited utilization of theoretical frameworks in current research. Consequently, Totman et al. emphasized the importance of exploring existential issues of caregivers utilizing theoretical perspectives. Furthermore, the review of literature on caregivers identified limited research on distinct family member characteristics despite the reliance on families to provide care to relatives (Sherman, 1998; Wittenberg-Lyles, Demiris, Oliver, & Burt, 2011). For instance, Abernethy, Burns, Wheeler, and Currow (2009) recommended more research on caregiver subpopulations so that professionals could design better individualized interventions targeting the needs of distinct caregivers. Literature identified the need for future research to improve interventions designed to support family caregivers. For example, Hudson, Zordan, and Trauer (2011) reported survey research that sought to identify research priorities for family caregiver research. The survey of fifty-five study participants from…

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