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Types and sources of support received by family caregivers of older adults from diverse racial and ethnic groups

TitleTypes and sources of support received by family caregivers of older adults from diverse racial and ethnic groups
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2010
AuthorsChow, JChun-Chung, Auh, EYoonkyung, Scharlach, AE, Lehning, AJ, Goldstein, C
JournalJournal of Ethnic & Cultural Diversity in Social Work: Innovation in Theory, Research & PracticeJournal of Ethnic & Cultural Diversity in Social Work: Innovation in Theory, Research & Practice
Volume19
Pagination175-194
Date PublishedJul
ISBN Number1531-3204<br/>1531-3212
Accession NumberPeer Reviewed Journal: 2010-17440-001
Keywords*Caregivers, *Elder Care, *Racial and Ethnic Differences, *Racial and Ethnic Groups, *Social Support, Asians, Blacks, Family, Home Care & Hospice [3375], Human Male Female Adulthood (18 yrs & older) Thirties (30-39 yrs) Middle Age (40-64 yrs) Aged (65 yrs & older), Latinos/Latinas, pacific islanders, support types, support sources, family caregivers, older adults, diverse ethnic groups, Asian/Pacific Islanders, Hispanics/Latinos, African Americans, Whites, us, Whites
AbstractThis study examines racial and ethnic variations in the types and sources of support caregivers receive. We conducted telephone surveys of 1,643 randomly selected respondents in California who provided care to someone age 50 or over. African-American, Asian/Pacific Islander, Hispanic/Latino, and white caregivers were compared with regard to support received from formal and informal sources. Patterns of support use were found to vary by racial/ethnic group, with Asian and Pacific Island caregivers most likely to receive help from informal sources only, white caregivers most likely to receive help from formal sources only, and African-American caregivers most likely to rely on a combination of formal and informal support. Results from this study underscore the importance of developing culturally appropriate systems of caregiver support that reflect the needs and practices of diverse caregiver groups. Further research is needed regarding the intersection of race, ethnicity, and other personal or environmental characteristics within the caregiving situation. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2012 APA, all rights reserved) (journal abstract).