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Stressors and life goals of caregivers of individuals with disabilities

Caregivers of individuals with disabilities can experience stress as they manage care giving responsibilities while they attempt to balance family, work, and the satisfaction of their personal goals. In this pilot study, 31 caregivers of individuals with a variety of disabilities completed a quantitative-qualitative survey. A statistically significant relationship was found between the age and severity of disability of the family member receiving care, the length of time care had been provided, the educational level and the relationship of the caregiver to the family member and reported feelings of optimism, humbleness, quality of family relationships, financial concerns, loss of control, and hope. When life goals were probed, the most common reported were achieving financial stability, having a strong, healthy family, and experiencing happiness. The implications for supporting caregivers and their families are discussed. [Journal abstract]

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Additional Titles
J Soc Work in Disability and Rehabilitation

Key Information

Type of Reference
Jour
ISBN/ISSN
1536-710X
Resource Database
Hmic
Publication Year
2011
Issue Number
2
Volume Number
10
Start Page
115-28
Language
English