Social support and caregiving circumstances as predictors of caregiver burden in Taiwan

Chiou, Chii Jun, Chang, Hsing-Yi, Chen, I. Pin and Wang, Hsiu Hung (2009) Social support and caregiving circumstances as predictors of caregiver burden in Taiwan. Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics, 48 3: 419-424. doi:10.1016/j.archger.2008.04.001

Author Chiou, Chii Jun
Chang, Hsing-Yi
Chen, I. Pin
Wang, Hsiu Hung
Title Social support and caregiving circumstances as predictors of caregiver burden in Taiwan
Journal name Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0167-4943
Publication date 2009-05-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.archger.2008.04.001
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 48
Issue 3
Start page 419
End page 424
Total pages 6
Place of publication Shannon, Co. Clare, Ireland
Publisher Elsevier Ireland
Language eng
Subject 1302 Ageing
2717 Geriatrics and Gerontology
2909 Gerontology
3306 Health (social science)
Abstract Previous research has failed to consider the importance of caregiving circumstances and their impact on social support and caregiver burden. Hence, this study aimed to investigate the association between perceived and received social support and caregiver burden. This cross-sectional study was carried out on 301 family caregivers. Data was collected using structured questionnaires which included a Social Support Scale, Family APGAR (adaptation, partnership, growth, affection, resolve), and Caregiver Burden Scale. Findings showed that the caregiver burden was best predicted by two perceived and one received social support variables. Caregiver burden was likely to be higher when the caregivers had lower levels of family function and social support. Perceived social support was better at predicting caregiver burden than received social support. Our study indicates that family function has an important influence on caregiver burden. Further studies on family based interventions are needed to determine approaches for effectively reducing caregiver burden. The role of perceived social support in the health of caregivers should be further investigated as a possible protective determinant in the caring process.
Keyword Social support
Caregiving circumstances
Caregiver burden
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown
Additional Notes Available online 7 July 2008

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