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Religiosity as a mediator of caregiver well-being: does ethnicity make a difference?

This study used an adaptation of the stress and appraisal model to examine the mediating effects of religiosity on caregiving strain and gain with an ethnically diverse sample of 384 Alzheimer's disease caregivers in the United States. While the regression analysis indicated that religiosity did not mediate the stress of providing care for the entire sample, there were significant differences in the use of religiosity depending on the ethnicity (African American, Hispanic, and White non-Hispanic) of the caregiver, as well as significant differences between the three cohorts in the levels of caregiving strain (depression) and gain (self-acceptance). Implications for the use of religiosity as a protective factor for AD caregivers are discussed.

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Additional Titles
Journal of Gerontological Social Work

Key Information

Type of Reference
Jour
ISBN/ISSN
1540-4048;0163-4372
Resource Database
Social care online
Publication Year
2005
Issue Number
1/2
Volume Number
45
Start Page
69-84