The purpose of this study was to examine the relationship between caregivers' burden and sibling support as experienced by adult children caregivers. This quantitative, descriptive study further explored the relationship primary caregivers experience with their siblings during their parents' cognitive decline with dementia. A non-random sample of 25 caregivers from an adult day facility responded to a self-administered questionnaire assessing burden and sibling support. Results from this study found no correlation between sibling support and burden. There was however a significant relationship between burden and length of time caregiving, marital status or ethnicity, such that shorter caregiving, being White and married were related to greater burden; and being male was related to higher sibling support. The study suggests that many factors impact caregiver burden; but that support from siblings may be less important when relationships have stabilized during long term care among caregivers identified through service agencies.
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 48/02M, Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Gerontology, Social work|
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