A cross-sectional sample of members of 3-generation families was used to evaluate life-sustaining medical treatment attitudes and decision factors for oneself and for parents. Results show that the older generation (G1) perceived mental capacity, family burden, and pain as the most important considerations. Among the middle generation (G2), family burden was not an important factor, but the type of life-sustaining treatment was important. The youngest generation (G3) was similar to the other two generations in that mental capacity and pain were important, but a smaller percentage of the G3s considered this important.
- Decision making
- Intergenerational relationships
- Medical treatment
- Quality of life
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Developmental and Educational Psychology
- Social Sciences (miscellaneous)