The purpose of this study was to identify the relative importance of four categories of educational wants of family caregivers: assisting the adult with disabilities, maintaining their own well-being, maintaining family well-being, and understanding health and human resources. In addition, the study sought to compare the responses of men and women currently providing care for a family member disabled by stroke with those of men and women planning to provide care in the future. An assumption of adult learning theory is that an individual's prior experience is a foundation for learning. Differences in the prior experiences of men and women and their status with regard to having cared for a person disabled by stroke suggest that differences in educational wants have implications for planning education for caregivers.
Eleanor Vanetzian, PhD RN, 320 Arnold House, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA 01003.
Eleanor Vanetzian is an assistant professor in the School of Nursing at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, MA. Barbara Corrigan is a clinical assistant professor in the School of Nursing at the University of Massachusetts.