ADOLESCENT GRANDCHILDREN WITH GRANDPARENTS WITH DEMENTIA: ¿IS THE DISEASE CHANGING RELATIONSHIP’S NATURE?.
AbstractDementia is a disease with high incidence that implies a variety of changes in the family, in their roles and routine in order to adapt them to the disease. Although there is a huge literature about the main caregiver and his/her stress, less is know of other family members that are also suffering the impact of this disease. Therefore, the aim of this study is to explore the relationship adolescent grandchildren have with their grand-parents that suffer this disease and the extent of their involvement in his/her care and leisure activities, comparing with a control group. Sixty-four grandchildren from 14 to 21 years participated in the study, divided into two groups of 32 participants (healthy group vs. group with a grand-parent with dementia), which coincided on gender and age of the grand-child, gender of the grandparent and family line (maternal or paternal). Results indicate that even with a similar frequency of contact, grandchil-dren of the healthy group perceived greater closeness with their grandpar-ents, had a higher frequency of leisure activities and helped more to their grandparents in instrumental activities. Results are discussed in the light of the studies regarding adolescent grandchildren – grandparent relationship and changes that naturally this relationship suffers.
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