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The involvement and influence of adult children in their parents’ decision to move to a retirement village

Buys, Laurie & Knight, Stephen (2003) The involvement and influence of adult children in their parents’ decision to move to a retirement village. Australasian Journal on Ageing, 22(2), pp. 91-93.

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Abstract

Adult children provide various kinds of support to their parents, including involvement in decision-making processes when significant issues arise. The purpose of this research was to investigate the involvement and influence of family members on the decision to relocate to a retirement village by independent older adults. Thirty older adults living in retirement villages in Queensland Australia, were interviewed, as were thirty nominated adult children. The results suggest that whilst adult children play a significant role in the relocation to a retirement village by the older adult, the actual decision to move is made independently by the parent. Independent older adults are predicably seeking to remain independent. Thus the decision to move seems to have been made quite independently. However the results indicate that adult children provide significant instrumental support to the older adult in the investigation process and suggest that adult children are the primary reference for assistance.

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ID Code: 21255
Item Type: Journal Article
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Keywords: Retirement village, relocation, decision making, family, older adults
DOI: 10.1111/j.1741-6612.2003.tb00473.x
ISSN: 1440-6381
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > SOCIOLOGY (160800) > Sociology not elsewhere classified (160899)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100) > Developmental Psychology and Ageing (170102)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > OTHER STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (169900) > Studies in Human Society not elsewhere classified (169999)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > QUT Carseldine - Humanities & Human Services
Past > Schools > School of Design
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2003 Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
Deposited On: 18 Jun 2009 10:57
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 23:03

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