Utilizing data from 80 adult children-older parent dyads, this study examined whether adult children could predict their parents’ psychosocial preferences. Overall, children demonstrated good knowledge about parent preferences although there was variation across the sample and preference domains. Among the results, children underestimated how important enrichment and personal growth preferences were to parents. Findings suggest that family life education and intervention programs should seek to improve intergenerational knowledge of preferences to enhance the likelihood that parent preferences are considered in care planning.

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Carpenter, B. D., Lee, M., Ruckdeschel, K., VanHaitsma, K. S., & Feldman, P. H. (2006). Adult children as informants about parent’s psychosocial preferences. Family Relations, 55(5), 552-563. doi: 10.1111/j.1741-3729.2006.00425.x.

Team Members as Authors

Members of the the PELI Team who contributed to this publication.

Kimberly VanHaitsma, Ph.D., FGSA

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Dennis Cheatham

Communication Director

Professor, Penn State Ross and Carol Nese College of Nursing
Director, Program for Person-Centered Living Systems of Care

Kimberly VanHaitsma, Ph.D., FGSA