This quantitative correlational study was conducted to examine the relationship between physical and mental stress, financial stability, employment status, and marital relationship problems experienced by female caregivers residing in Fayetteville, North Carolina, who were caring for disabled family members. More specifically, this research examined how the level of care provided to the disabled family member contributed to caregiver stress. In contrast, the relationship between physical and mental stress, financial stability, employment status, and marital relationship problems among formal (paid) and informal (nonpaid) caregivers among many different geographic locations throughout the United States and in other countries characterizes the previous research reported in the literature. The extant literature contains little research conducted among female caregivers in Fayetteville, North Carolina, who provided in-home care for a disabled family member. Convenience sampling was used to recruit 29 female caregivers residing in Fayetteville, North Carolina, who met study inclusion criteria. Study participants volunteered to provide data on how the level of care provided to the disabled family member contributed to their experience of stress. Study data were collected using a primary caregiver survey and three assessment tools: the Caregiver Reaction Assessment (CRA), the State-Trait Anxiety Inventory (STAI), and the Burden Scale for Family Caregivers (BSFC). Study results showed that there was a statistically significant correlation between the level of care and physical and mental stressors.
|School:||The University of the Rockies|
|School Location:||United States -- Colorado|
|Source:||DAI-B 80/03(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Behavioral psychology, Womens studies, Individual & family studies|
|Keywords:||Caregiver, Level of care, Stressors, Support systems|
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