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Avaliação Psicológica

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REIS, Luciana Araújo dos et al. Evaluation of family support in elderly living at home. Aval. psicol. [online]. 2011, vol.10, n.2, pp. 107-115. ISSN 1677-0471.

The aim of the present study was to assess the perception of family support in elderly individuals living at home. This is an analytical study with a cross-sectional design involving a sample of 150 elderly subjects with mean age of 74.47 (SD 9.42) years, enrolled in four health units in the city of Jequié, Brazil. The instruments consisted of social demographic data and health; the Mini-Mental State Examination and the Perception of Family Support Inventory. According to the mean of the areas of Inventory of Perceived Family Support, most seniors had inadequate perception of family support in the areas Affectivity-consistency (52.0%) and autonomy (58.0%) and perception of family support system in the area Family Adaptation (67.3%). It is evident that many of the elderly subjects showed commitment, consistency and affective domains of the Self Perception Inventory of Family Support. It shows, in part, the lack of preparation in families providing care for the elderly.

Palavras-chave : elderly; family; family support; care.

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