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Characteristics of American Indian and Alaska native adult caregivers, Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, 2000

TitleCharacteristics of American Indian and Alaska native adult caregivers, Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, 2000
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2008
AuthorsMcGuire, LC, Okoro, CA, Goins, RT, Anderson, LA
JournalEthn DisEthn Dis
Date PublishedAutumn
ISBN Number1049-510X (Print)<br/>1049-510X (Linking)
Accession Number19157253
KeywordsAdolescent, Adult, African Americans, Alaska/ethnology, Asian Americans, Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, Caregivers/ psychology, Family, Female, Health Status, Hispanic Americans, Humans, Indians, North American/ psychology, Inuits/ psychology, Male, Middle Aged, Quality of Life, Socioeconomic Factors, United States, Young Adult
AbstractOBJECTIVES: We compared characteristics of American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) adult caregivers (age > or = 18 years) who were caring for an older adult (age > or = 60 years) to those of other ethnic groups. METHODS: Participants (N=20,996) were from the 2000 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System. Caregivers provided regular care or assistance during the past month to a family member or friend who was > or = 60 years of age. In addition, participants were asked to indicate whom they would call to arrange short- or long-term care in the home for elderly relatives or friends who were no longer able to care for themselves. RESULTS: A total of 16.4% of adults were caregivers to a person who was > or = 60. AI/AN were significantly more likely to report being caregivers than were people who were of Asian descent. Compared to AI/AN caregivers, Hispanic caregivers indicated that if a friend or relative needed short- or long-term care, they were more likely to provide care themselves (29.1% vs 46.6%) and that they were less likely to indicate that they would contact a professional resource (14.5% vs 25.2%). CONCLUSIONS: Family caregivers provide a valuable service in the United States, particularly to chronically ill or disabled older adults. National, state, and local surveys should regularly collect information on caregiving.
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