Satisfaction, functionality, and the impact of caregiving among spousal and parental caregivers
AuthorSwanson, Leif Thomas, 1965-
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PublisherThe University of Arizona.
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AbstractA total of 85 adults in the Phoenix, Arizona, metropolitan area who were providing care to an elderly relative or spouse in their households, completed a questionnaire which assessed satisfaction with life and family, functionality, demographic variables, and the impact of caregiving on their lives. Various statistical analyses showed nonsignificant differences between those subjects who cared for an elderly relative and those who cared for a spouse across variables of caregiving, life satisfaction, family satisfaction, and overall functionality. However, significant differences between spousal and parental caregivers were found when assessing the probability of institutionalization of the care-receiver. Compared to national sample norms, caregivers reported significantly lower family satisfaction scores and were significantly more dysfunctional in terms of cohesion, adaptability, and overall functionality. Life satisfaction was significantly related to functionality of the family, but family satisfaction was not significantly related to functionality. Implications from this study are discussed.