Family caregivers' strains: Comparative analysis of cancer caregiving with dementia, diabetes, and frail elderly caregiving
Citation Kim, Y. & Schulz, R. (2008). Family caregivers' strains: Comparative analysis of cancer caregiving with dementia, diabetes, and frail elderly caregiving. Journal of Aging and Health, 20(5), 483-503
Purpose The aim of this study was to investigate the impact of cancer from family caregivers' perspective, based on a comparative analysis of caregiving burden and distress, among four types of caregivers.
Participants The participants of this study were N=606 caregivers of persons with cancer, dementia, diabetes, or frail elderly. Participants were originally part of a survey conducted by the National Alliance for Caregiving and the American Association for Retired Persons in 2004.
Outcome / Dependent Variables The outcome variables of the study were caregiver strain (physical, emotional and financial).
Outcomes While controlling for sociodemographics, caregiving involvement and caregiving outcomes differed among the caregiving groups: Dementia and cancer caregivers reported greater levels of physical burden and psychological distress.
Author Kim, Y. & Schulz, R.