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The role of attitudes and culture in family caregiving for older adults

TitleThe role of attitudes and culture in family caregiving for older adults
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2009
AuthorsAnngela-Cole, L, Hilton, JM
JournalHome Health Care Serv QHome Health Care Serv Q
Volume28
Pagination59-83
ISBN Number1545-0856 (Electronic)<br/>0162-1424 (Linking)
Accession Number20182957
KeywordsAged, 80 and Over, Asian Americans/psychology, Attitude/ ethnology, Caregivers/ psychology, Culture, Depression/etiology/psychology, European Continental Ancestry Group/psychology, Family/ ethnology/psychology, Female, Health Status, Humans, Japan/ethnology, Male, Middle Aged, Multivariate Analysis, Personal Satisfaction, Psychiatric Status Rating Scales, Regression Analysis, Risk Factors, Social Support, Stress, Psychological/etiology/psychology, Time Factors
AbstractThis study evaluated cultural differences in attitudes toward caregiving and the stress levels of family caregivers. Participants included 98 Japanese American and 86 Caucasian American family caregivers caring for frail elders. Analyses using MANOVA and multiple regression analyses revealed that the Caucasian caregivers had more positive attitudes and provided more hours of care than the Japanese caregivers but that both groups had elevated levels of caregiver stress. The stress that family caregivers currently experience could lead to a future generation of care recipients who enter old age in worse condition than their predecessors. Professionals need to work together to develop culturally appropriate, evidence-based interventions to address this issue.
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