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Article: Positive and negative experiences and life satisfaction among spousal caregivers for frail older adults in urban China: a parallel process model

TitlePositive and negative experiences and life satisfaction among spousal caregivers for frail older adults in urban China: a parallel process model
Authors
Keywordssatisfaction
quality of life
informal caregiving
parallel process
spouse caregiver
Issue Date2020
PublisherOxford University Press. The Journal's web site is located at http://ageing.oxfordjournals.org/
Citation
Age and Ageing, 2020, v. 49 n. 4, p. 622-627 How to Cite?
AbstractObjectives: Previous literature has suggested that negative and positive aspects of spousal caregiving co-exist. However, positive and negative experiences were often examined independently. This study aimed to empirically test a parallel process model of spousal caregiving. Methods: This cross-sectional survey of family caregiving involved 269 frail older adults living in Shanghai, China, in 2016. Quota sampling was conducted to find community-dwelling frail older adults with a primary caregiver. Path analysis was used to identify the relationship between negative and positive caregiving experiences and life satisfaction. Results: We found two independent paths towards life satisfaction: (i) activities of daily living were negatively associated with burden, and burden was associated with lower life satisfaction; and (ii) spousal caregivers’ self-reported health and financial state were positively associated with positive appraisal, and positive appraisal was associated with higher life satisfaction. Caregiving time contributed to both aspects of caregiving experiences. The covariance between caregiving burden and positive appraisals was not statistically significant. Conclusion: Spousal caregiving involves a parallel process. Negative and positive experiences are separate constructs and their associations with life satisfaction vary. We advocate for policy and interventions that promote positive views of caregiving that encourage caregivers to develop a high level of overall life satisfaction despite the hardships of their caregiving tasks.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/289828
ISSN
2019 Impact Factor: 4.902
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 1.611

 

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dc.contributor.authorJiang, N-
dc.contributor.authorLu, N-
dc.contributor.authorSun, Q-
dc.contributor.authorLou, VWQ-
dc.date.accessioned2020-10-22T08:18:03Z-
dc.date.available2020-10-22T08:18:03Z-
dc.date.issued2020-
dc.identifier.citationAge and Ageing, 2020, v. 49 n. 4, p. 622-627-
dc.identifier.issn0002-0729-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/289828-
dc.description.abstractObjectives: Previous literature has suggested that negative and positive aspects of spousal caregiving co-exist. However, positive and negative experiences were often examined independently. This study aimed to empirically test a parallel process model of spousal caregiving. Methods: This cross-sectional survey of family caregiving involved 269 frail older adults living in Shanghai, China, in 2016. Quota sampling was conducted to find community-dwelling frail older adults with a primary caregiver. Path analysis was used to identify the relationship between negative and positive caregiving experiences and life satisfaction. Results: We found two independent paths towards life satisfaction: (i) activities of daily living were negatively associated with burden, and burden was associated with lower life satisfaction; and (ii) spousal caregivers’ self-reported health and financial state were positively associated with positive appraisal, and positive appraisal was associated with higher life satisfaction. Caregiving time contributed to both aspects of caregiving experiences. The covariance between caregiving burden and positive appraisals was not statistically significant. Conclusion: Spousal caregiving involves a parallel process. Negative and positive experiences are separate constructs and their associations with life satisfaction vary. We advocate for policy and interventions that promote positive views of caregiving that encourage caregivers to develop a high level of overall life satisfaction despite the hardships of their caregiving tasks.-
dc.languageeng-
dc.publisherOxford University Press. The Journal's web site is located at http://ageing.oxfordjournals.org/-
dc.relation.ispartofAge and Ageing-
dc.rightsPre-print: Journal Title] ©: [year] [owner as specified on the article] Published by Oxford University Press [on behalf of xxxxxx]. All rights reserved. Pre-print (Once an article is published, preprint notice should be amended to): This is an electronic version of an article published in [include the complete citation information for the final version of the Article as published in the print edition of the Journal.] Post-print: This is a pre-copy-editing, author-produced PDF of an article accepted for publication in [insert journal title] following peer review. The definitive publisher-authenticated version [insert complete citation information here] is available online at: xxxxxxx [insert URL that the author will receive upon publication here].-
dc.subjectsatisfaction-
dc.subjectquality of life-
dc.subjectinformal caregiving-
dc.subjectparallel process-
dc.subjectspouse caregiver-
dc.titlePositive and negative experiences and life satisfaction among spousal caregivers for frail older adults in urban China: a parallel process model-
dc.typeArticle-
dc.identifier.emailLou, VWQ: wlou@hku.hk-
dc.identifier.authorityLou, VWQ=rp00607-
dc.description.naturelink_to_subscribed_fulltext-
dc.identifier.doi10.1093/ageing/afaa032-
dc.identifier.pmid32307544-
dc.identifier.scopuseid_2-s2.0-85087470317-
dc.identifier.hkuros316047-
dc.identifier.volume49-
dc.identifier.issue4-
dc.identifier.spage622-
dc.identifier.epage627-
dc.publisher.placeUnited Kingdom-

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