This study explored an under-researched area of caregiver burden, specifically the emotional and physical strain experienced by paid caregivers who care for adults with developmental disabilities. A self-administered survey created by the researcher was used to gather data from 23 personal care aides (PCAs) at the Rehabilitation Institute of Southern California in Fullerton, California. The survey addressed respect/impact of job, emotional burden, physical burden, and concern about skill level.
The PCAs reported low to middle ranges of burden. The highest mean score was recorded for the concern about skill level subscale, which suggests a need for more training.
More in-depth research on PCAs is needed. Social workers need to enhance awareness of PCAs' contributions to society and to advocate for them, thus also advocating for the vulnerable populations they serve.
|Commitee:||Brocato, Jo, Santhiveeran, Janaki|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 54/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Keywords:||Caregiver burden, Developmental disabilities, Formal caregivers, Paid caregivers|
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