Association between caregivers' characteristics and older care recipients' well-being among Vietnamese immigrant families in the United States

Christina E. Miyawaki, Minhui Liu, Kyriakos S. Markides

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Abstract

Aims: We examined the association between caregivers' psychological status and their older family members' (care recipients) mental health in the Vietnamese American community (N = 58 dyads). Methods: Logistic regression models were used. Results: Caregivers and care recipients were on average 53 and 75 years old, immigrated at ages 32 and 51, and had 10 and 6 years of formal education, respectively. Approximately two-thirds of caregivers provided care for 20+ h/week for 7 years with the majority of care recipients reporting fair or poor health. Care recipients' physical and cognitive health had a significant association with their depressive symptoms. However, care recipients acting as burdened caregivers' “company” helped themselves and felt less depressed (OR = 0.89, 95% CI: 0.80, 0.99). Conclusion: Leveraging the tradition of Vietnamese multigeneration households, we should promote being a good company to each other that will help the caregiver-care recipient dyad, as well as their family unit when planning future interventions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2214-2224
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Community Psychology
Volume50
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2022

Keywords

  • Vietnamese
  • care recipients
  • caregiver burden
  • caregivers
  • depressive symptoms
  • dyads

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology

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