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Citation

Carroll L, Chippior J, Karmali S, Sriram D, Ysseldyk R. Can. J. Aging 2018; ePub(ePub): ePub.

Affiliation

Department of Health Sciences,Carleton University.

Copyright

(Copyright © 2018, Cambridge Press)

DOI

10.1017/S0714980818000430

PMID

30404674

Abstract

ABSTRACTInformal caregivers often experience high stress levels with little support, especially in rural settings. With a mixed-methods approach, this research explored experiences of rural informal caregivers, including how social identification as a caregiver, social interactions, and formal and informal coping support related to perceived stress. Major focus group themes (n = 8) included lacking available services, balancing challenges, unmet practical needs, and strong community identity. Survey data (n = 22) revealed that perceived coping support (e.g., having someone to turn to), social interactions, and caregiver identity (e.g., perceiving the role as important to one's self-concept) were associated with lower life upset stress, but only caregiver identity was associated with managing the personal distress and negative feelings associated with caregiving stress.

RESULTS suggest that, although available rural services may fall short, other options might alleviate caregiver stress, including facilitating access to coping support, encouraging social interactions, and enhancing caregiver social identity.


Language: en

Keywords

adaptation; aging; appui; caregiving; coping; identity; identité; soins; stress; support; vieillissement

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