Robbyn Wacker

Robbyn Wacker
St. Cloud State University

Sociology; Policy and Gerontology

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Since 1965, community resources have evolved to meet the changing and diverse needs of the growing population of older adults in the United States. While funding for community-based aging programs and supportive services has waxed and waned, there has been a noticeable shift in the delivery of services from traditional agency-based services to more...
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This study measured marital satisfaction of low-income couples in a Western state following participation in the Building Healthy Marriages program, which aimed to educate couples and increase relationship satisfaction. The researchers’ goals were the following: To determine the areas in which participants experienced the greatest number of problem...
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International interest in community resources for older adults is growing as populations age. This article describes current primary and secondary roles of government, the private sector, nonprofit and volunteer organizations, and families in providing direct or indirect services for elders in communities. How these roles are played in the United S...
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How have programs for older adults evolved? Who uses these resources? How are they delivered? And what challenges do service providers face in meeting the needs of the aging baby-boom generation? Community Resources for Older Adults: Programs and Services in an Era of Change, Fourth Edition, answers these and other critical questions and provides a...
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International interest in community resources for older adults is growing as populations age. This article describes current primary and secondary roles of government, the private sector, nonprofit and volunteer organizations, and families in providing direct or indirect services for elders in communities. How these roles are played in the United S...
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Due to population explosion and a global increase in average life expectancies, an unprecedentedly high percentage of the world’s population is aging. By the middle of this century there will be up to 2 billion individuals over the age of 65, a demographic shift never before experienced in our human history. In addition, declining birth rates in in...
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This research investigated how resistance to use of services attributed to family members and primary caregiver self-efficacy and resistance influenced actual use of services. Data were analyzed from questionnaires completed by 224 persons engaged in informal elder care in the community. Tests of 6 hypotheses revealed that family influence on careg...
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Increased divorce rates, longevity in multi-generational families, and activism by older persons are a part of the context in which the role of grandparents in the family, an overview of grandparent visitation statutes, and controversy about visitation rights are discussed. The history and characteristics of grandparent visitation statutes, the pro...
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Numerous individuals with disabilities are dissatisfied with their assistive technology and discontinue its use (Phillips & Zhao, 1993). Abandonment rates of assistive technology range from eight percent to 75 percent (Tewey, Barnicle, & Perr, 1994). Factors associated with continuance/discontinuance of assistive technology among individuals who re...
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The use of assistive technology by college students with disabilities is a necessary tool to enhance their academic success. Many individuals with disabilities, however, discontinue use of their technology. Discontinuance represents a waste of functional abilities and a disadvantage to college students with disabilities. The purpose of this study w...
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This study examined the extent to which control, commitment, and support influenced the strain experienced among men in the U.S. who were acting as guardians for aged adults, an atypical role for such men. A total of 146 male guardians responded to a questionnaire. Results of the study showed that control and commitment were associated with less st...
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What factors differentiate between individuals who change their thinking about a life stage and those whose ideas remain the same? Based on questionnaires from 149 male guardians of older persons, this research investigated the extent to which guardianship and characteristics of wards and guardians influenced involuntary changes in views of old age...
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In this study, we assessed the differences between certified nursing assistants' (CNAs) and nurses' (RNs and LPNs) level of knowledge and perceived implementation of resident rights. The CNAs and nurses responded to a series of 11 scenarios representing rights such as privacy, choice, and respect. Their responses suggested that although they knew w...
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In this study, graduates of bachelor's and master's degree programs in gerontology completed the Standardized Survey Instrument for Graduates of Gerontology Programs developed by the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education. In addition, employers were surveyed about the level of gerontological knowledge, skills, and work performance of thes...
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This research examined how 156 female legal caregivers responded to difficulties of being a guardian, how they derived meaning from their guardianship activities, and how the role of guardian influenced their perception of aging. The most frequent activities in which guardians engaged were visiting, providing emotional support, and to a lesser exte...
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Although there is widespread concern about the wel- fare of aged wards, there has been little attention to the intrusiveness of the responsibilities of guardianship in the lives of guardians. Rather, guardians of the aged are sometimes profiled as unscrupulous and a threat to the well-being of the ward. Data were analyzed from 387 men and women to...
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This work reviews the current thinking on guardianship of older persons, how the wards and the guardians are affected and the process by which a person becomes a ward.
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We analyzed 1,160 court records to determine whether implementation of recommended procedural safeguards and guardianship practices was associated with outcomes of hearings for older persons. The presence of the proposed ward at the hearing was not related to decisions about guardianship. Proposed wards who retained their own counsel were more like...
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Investigated correlates of role strain among 387 guardians of older persons. Although much recent attention to the guardianship system has involved enhancements of procedural safeguards, there has been little focus on the potential intrusiveness of the responsibilities and expectations of guardianship in the lives of guardians. Guardians believe th...
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There is a lack of critical examination of the efficacy of guardianship reform. Yet, the awarding of guardianship, especially when it is unwarranted, may deprive individuals of their most basic civil liberties. This longitudinal research investigated whether guardianship decisions differed prior to and following revision of state statutes increasin...
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The extent to which perceptions of global and specific equity/inequity were associated with dissatisfaction, disagreement between spouses, partners' regard for one another, and gender-role attitudes was investigated for eighty-two couples over age sixty. The differential influence of equity/inequity for the well-being of women and men was studied.
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This research examines the discharge-planning process, specifically assessing the extent to which components critical to effective discharge planning are implemented in acute-care settings. We surveyed 16 discharge planners in rural and metropolitan hospitals. The analysis examined the degree to which discharge-planning programs incorporate client-...

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