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Formal services and informal helping: the myth of service substitution.

Authors
  • Stoller, E P
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of applied gerontology : the official journal of the Southern Gerontological Society
Publication Date
Mar 01, 1989
Volume
8
Issue
1
Pages
37–52
Identifiers
PMID: 10293792
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

I examine the relationship between formal and informal assistance among a sample of elder-caregiver dyads living in a community setting in upstate New York. The data fail to support concerns that informal helpers withdraw their support when formal substitutes are available. Rather, formal services were used most frequently by more functionally impaired elderly whose caregivers were already providing personal care. Elders whose caregivers were employed reported more reliance on formal services, but being employed did not depress the level of informal support the caregiver provides.

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