This study investigated relationships among mental and physical health risks, social networks, stress, and job satisfaction, as reported by frontline direct caregivers of the elderly and disabled in the United States. Perceptions of recent turnover among frontline direct caregivers were also explored to identify why professional frontline direct caregivers leave their jobs. A predictive correlational Internet survey research design with a convenience sample of 515 frontline direct caregivers was used. Survey respondents were primarily family caregivers 233 (86%). Frontline direct caregivers reported high levels of stress, low levels of job satisfaction, and poor physical health, mental health, and social networks. Issues of access to care, cost, supports, and the identification of applicable theories to provide solutions to the aforementioned challenges among frontline direct caregivers are paramount to practitioners in the health care field. This study adds to the empirical research by providing professional insight into the phenomenon of frontline direct caregiving as well as by providing an understanding of the complexity of the role frontline direct caregivers face under the current health care infrastructure.
|Advisor:||Worthington, Michael T.|
|Commitee:||Stika, Nita A., Wederski, Lonnie E.|
|Department:||School of Human Services|
|School Location:||United States -- Minnesota|
|Source:||DAI-B 70/10, Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Mental health, Health education, Health care management|
|Keywords:||Caregivers, Family caregivers, Health risks, Mental health, Physical health, Stress|
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