Attitudes toward community-based services among Japanese American families

Heather M Young, Wayne M. McCormick, Peter P. Vitaliano

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Purpose: This descriptive study explored attitudes toward community-based long-term care services and factors influencing service utilization among Japanese American families. Design and Methods: Using grounded theory methodology, the Japanese American sample included 26 family caregivers, 4 persons receiving care, and 14 professional providers (n = 44). Results: Attitudes toward services were identified along six dimensions: ability to meet care needs, autonomy in daily life, quality of care and staff, cost, emotional connotations, and social and physical environment. Participants used formal services in a dynamic manner, meeting both episodic and chronic needs. Families played an active role in sustaining and augmenting the caregiving situation, regardless of living arrangement. Implications: This research highlights the range of criteria included in attitude formation about services and the dynamic nature of the interplay between families and formal services.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)814-825
Number of pages12
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 2002
Externally publishedYes


  • Adult day care
  • Adult family homes
  • Assisted living
  • Decision making
  • Family caregiving
  • Home care

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aging


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