Social support, caregiver burden, and life satisfaction in a sample of rural african american and white caregivers of older persons with dementia

Allan V. Kaufman, Jordan I. Kosberg, James D. Leeper, Maggie Tang

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Abstract

This article reports the findings of a study of African American and White dementia caregivers (n = 141) living in rural areas of Alabama that examined the relations between the participants' receipt of informal social support, and their levels of caregiver burden and life satisfaction. The sample, as a whole, reported high levels of social support with no reported differences in social support by race. Female caregivers reported higher mean scores on 3 of the 4 dimensions of social support than their male counterparts. Two of the 4 dimensions of social support accounted for 32% of the variance of the caregivers' reported level of life satisfaction.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)251-269
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Gerontological Social Work
Volume53
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2010

Keywords

  • Caregiver burden
  • Caregivers
  • Dementia
  • Life satisfaction
  • Rural
  • Social support

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