Age Differences in Caregiver Burden: The Role of Social Support, Preparation, and Social Contexts
Despite over a quarter of informal caregivers in the United States being young adults, a majority of caregiving research focuses on middle-aged and older adults. The limited literature on young adult caregivers indicates that caregivers at this age may experience more burden than older caregivers, along with distinct risk factors for burden (Becker & Becker, 2008a; Levine et al., 2005). The purpose of this study was to compare the levels of burden in caregivers across the lifespan and to test whether support and preparedness for caregiving also vary in ways that could explain the potential ...
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