Examining the effects of activities of daily living on informal caregiver strain

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dc.contributor.author Walsh, Edel
dc.contributor.author Murphy, Aileen
dc.date.accessioned 2019-10-31T14:31:14Z
dc.date.available 2019-10-31T14:31:14Z
dc.date.issued 2019-08-07
dc.identifier.citation Walsh, E. and Murphy, A. (2019) 'Examining the effects of activities of daily living on informal caregiver strain', Journal of Health Services Research & Policy, doi: 10.1177/1355819619848025 en
dc.identifier.startpage 1 en
dc.identifier.endpage 22 en
dc.identifier.issn 1355-8196
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10468/8929
dc.identifier.doi 10.1177/1355819619848025 en
dc.description.abstract Objectives: This study examines the factors associated with caregiver strain experienced by informal caregivers of older people, using data from Ireland. Methods: The analysis is based on a sample of 1394 informal caregivers obtained from Ireland’s Quarterly National Household Survey (2009). The Caregiver Strain Index is used to measure caregiver strain on a scale from 0 to 13. The analysis focuses on estimating the association between caregiving activities (measured using Activities of Daily Living) and caregiver strain, using multivariate regression analysis. Results: Overall, 60% of informal caregivers report feeling strained. The results suggest that different types of caregiving assistance are associated with increasing caregiver strain, in line with Pearlin’s conceptual model of Stress Process theory and Process Utility theory of informal care. Female caregivers have significantly higher levels of strain. Moreover, caregiver strain amongst co-residential caregivers is 0.8 points higher compared to those who are non-resident. Conversely, caregivers over 65 years are less prone to strain than younger caregivers. The condition of the dependent is also a statistically significant factor: caring for someone with a physical condition, a mental condition or both a physical and mental condition, increases caregiver strain. Conclusions: As Ireland and Europe’s populations are ‘greying’, sustainable systems and supports need to be designed to meet demand for care that limit strain for caregivers. In doing so, policymakers and their advisors need to better understand the impact of informal caring on caregivers. en
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dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Sage Publications en
dc.relation.uri https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/1355819619848025
dc.rights © 2019 The Authors. Reprinted by permission of SAGE Publications. To access the published work see https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/1355819619848025 en
dc.subject Elder care en
dc.subject Informal caregivers en
dc.subject Caregivers' needs en
dc.title Examining the effects of activities of daily living on informal caregiver strain en
dc.type Article (peer-reviewed) en
dc.internal.authorcontactother Edel Walsh, Economics, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland. +353-21-490-3000 Email: e.walsh@ucc.ie en
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dc.date.updated 2019-10-31T14:22:38Z
dc.description.version Accepted Version en
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dc.description.status Peer reviewed en
dc.identifier.journaltitle Journal of Health Services Research & Policy en
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dc.internal.IRISemailaddress e.walsh@ucc.ie en
dc.internal.IRISemailaddress aileen.murphy@ucc.ie en
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