Problems Faced By Kith & Kin in Dealing with Their Parents

Authors

  • SA Chowdhury Associate Professor, Department of Community Medicine, Dhaka Medical College, Dhaka
  • S Jabeen Assistant Professor, Department of Community Medicine, Dhaka Medical College, Dhaka

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.3329/jdmc.v17i2.6592

Keywords:

Kith & Kin, Caregivers, Elderly

Abstract

Objectives: This study was conducted to find out the problems faced by the kith and kin (children) to deal with their aged parents.

Methodology: This cross-sectional descriptive study was conducted among the rural people of Dhamrai, who had either one or both living parents. Data was collected from January to March, 2008.

Results: Three hundred respondents were interviewed; the mean age was 33.73 (S.D ±7.27) years. Most of the respondents were Muslims (92%) and male (86%). Majority were day labourer (37.3%), agriculture worker (26%) and businessman (19.3%). Rests were service holders (11.3%) and housewives (9%). The educational levels of the respondents were SSC and above (41%) while 8.6% were illiterate. Mean family size was 5.5 members with mean average monthly income 4173(S.D ±2007.77) taka. Majority of the respondents (58.3%) had their parents living with them and 92% parents were dependant upon them for their living. More than half (56%) respondents had problems due to the presence of their parents in their families. Among them, majority (63%) had financial constrain, others were too busy with occupation (18%), limited space in their houses (10%), due to pressure from family members family members (9%). More financial support (32%), more attention (31%), more honour (20%) were the main expectations from their kith and kin by the parents.

Conclusion: The main problems found among the majority (56%) of the respondents were, financial constraint (63%), busy with occupation (18%), limited space at home(10%), and non co-operation from other family members(9%).

Key Words: Kith & Kin; Caregivers; Elderly

DOI: 10.3329/jdmc.v17i2.6592

J Dhaka Med Coll. 2008; 17(2) : 106-110

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Chowdhury, S., & Jabeen, S. (2010). Problems Faced By Kith & Kin in Dealing with Their Parents. Journal of Dhaka Medical College, 17(2), 106–110. https://doi.org/10.3329/jdmc.v17i2.6592

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