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dc.contributor.advisorQualls, Sara
dc.contributor.authorBacharz, Kelsey
dc.contributor.committeememberDaniels, Elizabeth
dc.contributor.committeememberMaxfield, Molly
dc.date.accessioned2019-07-30T14:15:28Z
dc.date.available2019-07-30T14:15:28Z
dc.date.submitted2019-08
dc.descriptionIncludes bibliographical references.
dc.description.abstractDespite 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 age differences in burden. Self-identified caregivers (n = 452) were recruited online to complete questionnaires and demographic questions. As hypothesized, when compared to older caregivers, young caregivers reported more subjective burden despite lower objective burden, but contrary to hypotheses young adults reported similar preparation for caregiving, higher social and instrumental support. The hypothesized mediating effects of preparedness, social support, and instrumental support between age and subjective burden were not found. The results indicate that age plays a role in differing perceptions of the caregiving experience likely due to the caregiving context related to age (i.e., relationship status and relation to caregiver), rather than age itself. Future research should focus on how the caregiving context impacts caregiver burden and what practices may be implemented to decrease that burden.
dc.identifierBacharz_uccs_0892N_10480.pdf
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/10976/167125
dc.languageEnglish
dc.publisherUniversity of Colorado Colorado Springs. Kraemer Family Library
dc.rightsCopyright of the original work is retained by the author.
dc.subjectCaregiving
dc.subjectPreparation
dc.subjectCaregiver
dc.subjectSupport
dc.subjectGeropsychology
dc.titleAge Differences in Caregiver Burden: The Role of Social Support, Preparation, and Social Contexts
dc.typeThesis
thesis.degree.disciplineCollege of Letters, Arts, and Sciences-Psychology
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Colorado Colorado Springs
thesis.degree.levelMasters
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Arts (M.A.)


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