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Impacts of responding to a caregiver assessment interview: changes in employed and non-employed eldercare providers' self perceptions

Grant number: 13/20506-6
Support type:Scholarships abroad - Research Internship - Scientific Initiation
Effective date (Start): January 01, 2014
Effective date (End): April 30, 2014
Field of knowledge:Humanities - Psychology - Occupational and Organizational Psychology
Principal Investigator:Elizabeth Joan Barham
Grantee:Maria Fernanda Jorge Lorenzini
Supervisor abroad: Janice M. Keefe
Home Institution: Centro de Educação e Ciências Humanas (CECH). Universidade Federal de São Carlos (UFSCAR). São Carlos , SP, Brazil
Local de pesquisa : Mount Saint Vincent University (MSVU), Canada  
Associated to the scholarship:13/04385-4 - Employees who care for eldery relatives: efforts and unmet needs in reconciling work and family responsibilities, BP.IC

Abstract

When professionals interview caregivers about their situation, the interview process itself may affect the respondents' thoughts and feelings about their caregiving role (Keefe, et al., 2010). While responding to the interview questions, caregivers have an opportunity to reflect on what is happening and how they are managing, and they may also draw inferences about the extent to which these activities are valued and supported by their society. The C.A.R.E. Tool is an instrument developed in Canada that permits professionals to identify eldercare providers' needs, and help them to consider how they could deal with the demands they face. Recently, Keefe, Guberman, Ward-Griffin and Fancey conducted a study to investigate changes in eldercare providers' perceptions of their caregiving role, as a result of being interviewed using the CA.R.E. Tool. This interview protocol was translated and adapted for use in a study currently being conducted with employed eldercare-providers in Brazil, via the umbrella project for this scholarship application, but an evaluation of the impact of the interview process was not included. A secondary data analysis (using both qualitative and quantitative data analysis techniques) that focuses on comparing the impacts of being evaluated using the C.A.R.E. Tool, for employed and non-employed eldercare providers who participated in Keefe et al.'s study, would make a significant contribution to interpreting and discussing the results being obtained in the Brazilian study. (AU)