Academic journal article Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport

Stress and Social Support among Hispanic Dementia Caregivers. (Health)

Academic journal article Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport

Stress and Social Support among Hispanic Dementia Caregivers. (Health)

Article excerpt

Informal caregivers of individuals suffering from dementia play a crucial role in the American healthcare system. With more than 50% of individuals suffering from dementia being cared for at home in the United Sates, the healthcare system is relieved from high economic and social costs. The caregiving experience, however, affects caregivers' physical and mental health. Little is known how the caregiving experience affects Hispanics, a population that has increased rapidly and has become the largest minority group in the United States. The purpose of this study was to determine if there was a significant association between stress and social support experienced by Hispanic informal caregivers of dementia patients. Using a convenience sampling method, 35 Hispanic informal caregivers from New Mexico participated in a cross-sectional survey. Participants were providing or managing the care for a family member suffering from dementia. Descriptive and bivariate analyses were conducted to determine the relationship between patient's dementia status and caregiver's stress and social support. Seventy-four percent of caregivers were women, mostly daughters of patients. Caregivers scored in the moderate range of stress and there was a significant, positive association between patients' problematic behavior and caregivers' stress (r = . …

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