Emotional and Physical Health Impacts of Intergenerational Caregiving for the Cognitively and/or Functionally Impaired Elderly in Korea

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10675.2/346821
Title:
Emotional and Physical Health Impacts of Intergenerational Caregiving for the Cognitively and/or Functionally Impaired Elderly in Korea
Authors:
Kim, Jin-Sun
Abstract:
The purpose of this study was to examine the emotional and physical health of daughter and daughter-in-law caregivers who cared for cognitively and/or functionally impaired parents or parents-in-law in Korea and to identify factors that explain the emotional and physical health of Korean daughter and daughter-in-law caregivers. The study was guided by Riegel’s (1975,1979) and Lemer’s (1985, 1986, 1991) human developmental theories with emphasis on cultural factors and social network interactions. A purposive sample of 120 daughter and daughter-in-law caregivers who cared for cognitively and/or functionally impaired parents or parents-in-law was selected for this study. Care-recipients were predominantly female, widowed and less educated. Levels of cognitive and functional impairment were relatively low compared to Western studies. Caregivers were predominantly daughters-in-law and married. Most provided caregiving due to a general sense of obligation and responsibility rather than affectional motives. Caregivers in this study reported relatively poor emotional and physical health. Hierarchical regression analyses revealed that poor emotional health of caregivers was predicted by lower family income, the presence of dementia in carerecipients, and higher social conflict. Poor physical health of caregivers was predicted by older age, fewer competing roles, and poor emotional health. Among cultural variables, only social conflict was a significant predictor of caregivers ’ emotional health, while competing roles were significant predictors of caregivers ’ physical health. In addition to regression analyses, path analysis was used to test an overall conceptual model of caregiver health. Social conflict emerged as an important mediating variable for caregiver emotional health; furthermore, social conflict and the caregivers * emotional health were mediators for caregiver physical health. This study confirmed the importance o f a comprehensive understanding of social network interactions. Social conflict, especially intrafamily conflict was a powerful predictor of caregivers ’ negative health outcomes. Interventions to relieve negative social network interaction may prevent or relieve the negative health outcomes of caregivers.
Affiliation:
Not Listed
Issue Date:
May-2000
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10675.2/346821
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Type:
Dissertation
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dc.contributor.authorKim, Jin-Sunen
dc.date.accessioned2015-03-18T03:32:19Zen
dc.date.available2015-03-18T03:32:19Zen
dc.date.issued2000-05en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10675.2/346821en
dc.description.abstractThe purpose of this study was to examine the emotional and physical health of daughter and daughter-in-law caregivers who cared for cognitively and/or functionally impaired parents or parents-in-law in Korea and to identify factors that explain the emotional and physical health of Korean daughter and daughter-in-law caregivers. The study was guided by Riegel’s (1975,1979) and Lemer’s (1985, 1986, 1991) human developmental theories with emphasis on cultural factors and social network interactions. A purposive sample of 120 daughter and daughter-in-law caregivers who cared for cognitively and/or functionally impaired parents or parents-in-law was selected for this study. Care-recipients were predominantly female, widowed and less educated. Levels of cognitive and functional impairment were relatively low compared to Western studies. Caregivers were predominantly daughters-in-law and married. Most provided caregiving due to a general sense of obligation and responsibility rather than affectional motives. Caregivers in this study reported relatively poor emotional and physical health. Hierarchical regression analyses revealed that poor emotional health of caregivers was predicted by lower family income, the presence of dementia in carerecipients, and higher social conflict. Poor physical health of caregivers was predicted by older age, fewer competing roles, and poor emotional health. Among cultural variables, only social conflict was a significant predictor of caregivers ’ emotional health, while competing roles were significant predictors of caregivers ’ physical health. In addition to regression analyses, path analysis was used to test an overall conceptual model of caregiver health. Social conflict emerged as an important mediating variable for caregiver emotional health; furthermore, social conflict and the caregivers * emotional health were mediators for caregiver physical health. This study confirmed the importance o f a comprehensive understanding of social network interactions. Social conflict, especially intrafamily conflict was a powerful predictor of caregivers ’ negative health outcomes. Interventions to relieve negative social network interaction may prevent or relieve the negative health outcomes of caregivers.en
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dc.subjectFamily Caregivingen
dc.subjectImpaired Elderlyen
dc.subjectDepressionen
dc.subjectPhysical Healthen
dc.subjectFamily Conflicten
dc.titleEmotional and Physical Health Impacts of Intergenerational Caregiving for the Cognitively and/or Functionally Impaired Elderly in Koreaen
dc.typeDissertationen
dc.contributor.departmentNot Listeden
dc.description.advisorWright, Loreen
dc.description.committeeKemp, Virginia; Boyle, Joyceen; Woodring, Barbara; Bennett, Geralden
dc.description.degreeDoctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)en
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