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Cultural values and caregiver preference for Mexican-American and non-Latino White elders

TitleCultural values and caregiver preference for Mexican-American and non-Latino White elders
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2009
AuthorsMin, JW, Barrio, C
JournalJournal of Cross Cultural GerontologyJournal of Cross Cultural Gerontology
Date PublishedSep
ISBN Number0169-3816<br/>1573-0719
Accession NumberPeer Reviewed Journal: 2009-13130-002
Keywords*Aging, *Caregivers, *Hips, *Preferences, *Racial and Ethnic Differences, cultural values, caregiver preferences, Mexican-American elders, non-Latino White elders, hip fracture, ethnicity, cultural factor, Ethnic Identity, Gerontology [2860], Human Female Adulthood (18 yrs & older) Aged (65 yrs & older) Very Old (85 yrs & older), Latinos/Latinas, Mexican Americans, Sociocultural Factors, us, Values, Whites
AbstractThis study examined caregiver preferences in the event of hip fracture between Mexican-American and non-Latino White elders. The differential effects of ethnicity and a cultural factor were also examined to elucidate the role of culture on caregiver preference. Data came from a cross-sectional survey of 89 Mexican-American and 30 non-Latino White elders. Hierarchical binary logistic regression was used to examine the differential impact of ethnicity and a cultural factor on caregiver preference. Fewer Mexican-American elders than non-Latino White elders preferred to rely on a formal/professional helper, and a greater proportion of Mexican-Americans than non-Latino Whites would turn to informal caregivers when faced with care needs following a hip fracture. The cultural factor significantly mediated the ethnic effect on caregiver preference. The need for culturally relevant services based on caregiver preference for long-term care is discussed in addressing health disparities for ethnically diverse elders. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2012 APA, all rights reserved) (journal abstract).