A role supplementation group pilot study: a nursing therapy for potential parental caregivers.

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This pilot study addressed the question: Will transition support for mid-life women during role transition into the caregiver or care manager role for their parents lead to role adaptation? A systematic sample of 30 women between the ages of 30 and 60 was drawn from a pool of employees of a large health science center in the Southwest; their mothers were also asked to volunteer as research subjects. A before-after group with random assignment design was used to determine the effects of a CNS-led support group on role adaptation of mid-life women during role transition. Role adaptation was measured by correlating the scores of mother and daughter pairs on the Brackley Concerns of Aging Scale. The level of depression as an indicator of role insufficiency was determined by score on Zung's Self-Rating Depression Scale. The independent variables were social support and the CNS-led group. A two-way analysis of covariance was calculated to test each hypothesis. Hypothesis 1, which predicted a decrease in role insufficiency following transitional nursing support, was rejected. Support was found for Hypothesis 2, which specified an increase in role adaptation following transitional nursing support. Alpha was set at p less than or equal to 0.05.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)14-19
Number of pages6
JournalClinical nurse specialist CNS
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1992
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Leadership and Management
  • Assessment and Diagnosis
  • Advanced and Specialized Nursing
  • LPN and LVN


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