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Elders Caring for Elders: The Role of Religious Involvement and Spiritual Rewards on Caregiver Stress, Resources, and Health

TitleElders Caring for Elders: The Role of Religious Involvement and Spiritual Rewards on Caregiver Stress, Resources, and Health
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsSheridan, MJ
JournalJournal of Religion & Spirituality in Social WorkJournal of Religion & Spirituality in Social Work
Volume32
Pagination397-421
ISBN Number1542-6432
KeywordsAged, Aged, 80 and Over, Caregiver Burden -- In Old Age, Center for Epidemiological Studies Depression Scale, Clinical Assessment Tools, Descriptive Statistics, District of Columbia, Factor Analysis, Funding Source, Human, Interviews, Middle Age, Motivation -- In Old Age, Scales, Secondary Analysis, Spirituality -- In Old Age
AbstractThe current study investigates the relationships between three indicators of religious involvement and three aspects of spiritual caregiving awards and multiple measures of caregiver stress, internal and external resources, and physical and mental health among older (60+) African American caregivers of elders. Findings show that both factors are associated with the three caregiving areas, although spiritual rewards emerged as having more linkages than religious involvement. Further analysis showed significant relationships between the two independent variables of religious involvement and spiritual rewards, suggesting possible interactive effects on the caregiving experience. Implications for social work practice and research are highlighted.
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