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dc.contributor.advisorProulx, Christine M.eng
dc.contributor.authorBibbo, Jessicaeng
dc.date.issued2016eng
dc.date.submitted2016 Falleng
dc.descriptionDissertation supervisor: Dr. Christine Proulx.eng
dc.descriptionIncludes vita.eng
dc.description.abstractThis study examined the impact of older adults' companion animals on informal caregivers' instrumental and emotional experiences. Older adults report strong emotional bonds with their companion animals (specifically cats and dogs) which often become increasingly important as health declines and dependence upon others increases. Individuals requiring assistance meeting their own needs are likely to need assistance in meeting the needs of their companion animals. Consequently, the care recipient's companion animal may be an important, though presently overlooked, factor in the caregiving experience. This study measured the amount of care tasks/activities informal caregivers of older adults devoted to their care recipients' companion animals. Role theory was used to model the impact of the companion animals (i.e., number of tasks/activities performed and caregivers' perceived costs of the companion animals) on the caregiving experiences of burden, satisfaction, and mastery. The results of this study found care recipients' companion animals do require the caregivers' resources of time, energy, and possibly finances. However, care recipients' companion animals may provide opportunities to facilitate role enhancement and caregiving mastery. Care recipients' companion animals are likely to impact both the instrumental and emotional experiences of informal caregivers for older adults.eng
dc.description.bibrefIncludes bibliographical references (pages 83-94).eng
dc.format.extent1 online resource (vii, 145 pages) : illustrationseng
dc.identifier.merlinb118682581eng
dc.identifier.oclc987438473eng
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/10355/59820
dc.identifier.urihttps://doi.org/10.32469/10355/59820eng
dc.languageEnglisheng
dc.publisherUniversity of Missouri--Columbiaeng
dc.relation.ispartofcollectionUniversity of Missouri--Columbia. Graduate School. Theses and Dissertations.eng
dc.rightsOpenAccesseng
dc.rights.licenseThis work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 License.eng
dc.subject.FASTOlder people -- Careeng
dc.subject.FASTCaregivers -- Attitudeseng
dc.titleThe effects of care recipients' companion animals on the caregiving experienceeng
dc.typeThesiseng
thesis.degree.disciplineHuman development and family sciences (MU)eng
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Missouri--Columbiaeng
thesis.degree.levelDoctoraleng
thesis.degree.namePh. D.eng


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