|Title||Characterizing Caregiving Intensity Among Mexican-origin Women Caregivers.|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2017|
|Authors||Anthony, KP, Geldhof, GJ, Mendez-Luck, CA|
|Keywords||Aged, Caregivers, Cost of Illness, Cultural Characteristics, Emigrants and Immigrants, Female, Humans, Mexican Americans, Middle Aged, Oregon, Physical Exertion, Sex Factors, Stress, Psychological|
Purpose of the Study: Objective (physical) caregiving burden has not often been associated with subjective (emotional) burden among Mexican-origin women caregivers. Yet, many studies show that Latina caregivers suffer from negative psychological outcomes related to caregiving at a higher rate than non-Latino Whites. This study considered whether self-rated intensity of ADL/IADL support explained the relationship between number of care recipient illnesses and caregiver emotional drain among Mexican American women caregivers.
Design and Methods: Participants included Mexican-origin women caregivers (n = 132) in East Los Angeles, CA who completed a survey that asked culturally appropriate questions about their experiences caring for elderly relatives.
Results: Logistic regression models indicated that ADL/IADL supports ranked as difficult were also chosen as causing emotional drain. Mediation models revealed a significant indirect effect of number of care recipient illnesses on caregiver emotional drain for English-speaking caregivers but not for Spanish-speaking caregivers. These results indicate that Mexican-origin women caregivers do experience subjective burden associated with specific objective ADL/IADL supports and suggest that culturally relevant survey design can assist in better understanding the emotional drain among this population.
Implications: Cultural values should be considered when discussing aspects of care provision with Mexican-origin women caregivers in order to elicit an accurate description of their informal caregiving experiences that may contribute to caregiver burden.
|PubMed Central ID||PMC5881690|
|Grant List||P30 AG021684 / AG / NIA NIH HHS / United States |
K01 AG033122 / AG / NIA NIH HHS / United States