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Record identifier : 566300
Personal Name - Primary Intelectual Responsibility : Burggraf, Virginia
Title and statement of responsibility : Burden, depression, physical health status, social support, and absenteeism: A study of employed and unemployed caregivers of the elderly [Thesis]
Publication, Distribution,Etc. : Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center School of Nursing, 1998
Language of the Item : eng
Dissertation of thesis details and type of degree : D.N.S.,
Body granting the degree : , Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center School of Nursing
Summary or Abstract : The purpose of this research was to compare and relate caregiving to the variables of burden, depression, physical health status, social support in caregivers of those over the age of 65 as well as absenteeism in employed caregivers. A convenience sample of 124 caregivers (62 employed and 62 unemployed), was obtained through the mail with ads placed in multiple newspapers. Respondents called an 800 number. An information packet containing the Zarit Burden Interview Scale, the Centers for Epidemiologic Studies Depression Scale (CES-D), the Multidimensional Functional Assessment Questionnaire (MFAQ) Physical Health Scale from Duke University, and a 30 item demographic survey which subjectively measured social support and absenteeism from work was mailed together with a stamped envelope. Descriptive, inferential and correlational statistics were used to analyze the findings. Research questions one and two addressed the levels of burden, depression, physical health status, social support, and absenteeism from work. Research question three addressed the differences between employed and unemployed caregivers. A 2-tailed t test showed significant differences (p $<$.05) between employed and unemployed caregivers regarding physical health status, physical health and activity and social support. Chi Square also revealed significant (p $<$.05) differences between employed and unemployed caregivers. Research questions four and five addressed the relationships among the variables. The Pearson Product Moment Correlation was used to compute this data and showed significance (p $<$.01) among the variables depression, physical health status and burden in employed caregivers and physical health status, as well as depression and burden in the unemployed caregivers. Social support in either the employed or unemployed caregiver or absenteeism from work in reference to the employed caregiver was not significant. This study contributed to a growing body of knowledge about the needs of caregivers of the elderly. Results of the study indicated a need for community advocacy programs to assist caregivers, in home care, hospice care, parish nursing, occupational health as well as in the business community. Additionally, caregiver programs in corporations to assist employees is a fast growing option that cannot be ignored. Replication of this study is recommended with a larger, culturally diverse sample..
Topical Name Used as Subject : Absenteeism, Caregivers, Depression, Elderly, Unemployed, Health status, Social supportNursing, Mental health, Gerontology, Social psychology, Community support, Absenteeism, Unemployment, Caregivers, Older people, Mental depression
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