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ERIC Number: EJ777778
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 18
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 38
ISSN: ISSN-0091-4150
Rural and Urban Caregivers for Older Adults in Poland: Perceptions of Positive and Negative Impact of Caregiving
Bien, Barbara; Wojszel, Beata; Sikorska-Simmons, Elzbieta
International Journal of Aging and Human Development, v65 n3 p185-202 2007
This study examines rural-urban differences in informal caregivers' perceptions of caregiving. The study's theoretical framework is based on the two-factor model of caregiving, which views caregiving as having both positive and negative impact. Data were collected in personal interviews with 126 rural and 127 urban caregivers in the Bialystok region. The Cope-Index was used to assess caregivers. Rural caregivers reported a greater negative impact of caregiving than their urban counterparts, controlling for caregiver socio-demographic characteristics and care-recipient disability level. There was no difference in caregivers' perceptions of positive aspects of caregiving. These findings are consistent with previous research, which suggests that rural caregivers experience greater caregiver burden. Better understanding of rural-urban differences in caregiving outcomes can be useful in designing supportive services for informal caregivers in Poland. (Contains 4 tables.) [This study was supported by a grant from the State Committee for Scientific Research in Poland. An earlier version of this article was presented at the 58th Annual Meeting of the Gerontological Society of America, November 18-22, 2005, Orlando, Florida.]
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Poland