Predictors of social support and caregiver outcomes

B. L. Chang, M. L. Brecht, P. A. Carter

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Purpose: This study identified predictors of caregiver's burden, satisfaction, depression, and social support. Little has been done to identify predictors of social support for caregivers at risk for negative outcomes. Design: Correlational descriptive study. Methods: A subset of interview data from a larger intervention study was utilized. Independent variables were caregiver/care-recipient characteristics and social support. Dependent variables included caregiver burden, satisfaction, depression, anxiety, and hostility. Results: Eighty-one caregiver/care-recipient dyads from the community participated in this study. Caregivers were women with a mean age of 67.53 years (range 39-86). Difficulty arranging assistance from confidante or friends correlated significantly and positively with caregiver burden (r = .38; p <.001) and depression (r = .34; p = .002), and negatively with satisfaction (r = -.28; p = .013). Findings/Implications: Arranging assistance is more important than frequency of social network contact with respect to burden and depression. The findings indicate a need for further investigation and the consideration of interventions for at risk caregivers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)39-61
Number of pages23
JournalWomen and Health
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - 2001
Externally publishedYes


  • Alzheimer's disease
  • Assistance
  • Caregivers
  • Dementia
  • Social support
  • Task specific framework

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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