Examining the social context in the caregiving experience: Correlates of global self-esteem among adult daughter caregivers to an older parent with cancer

Yaacov G. Bachner, Daniel G. Karus, Victoria H. Raveis

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Abstract

Objectives: To examine the associations between various patient, disease, situation, and caregiver characteristics (organized by five conceptual domains) and global self-esteem among caregiver daughters to parents with cancer. Method: Dyads comprised of 237 cancer outpatients and their adult caregiving daughter completed structured telephone interviews. Results: Two of the five domains of potential correlates significantly predicted caregiving daughtersg' global self-esteemg-daughtersg' sociodemographics and constraints on/facilitators of caregiving. Daughtersg' overall sense of self-worth was directly correlated with their household income and inversely correlated with greater depressive affect and the number of patient needs for which someone else provided assistance. It was also correlated with the daughters' other role obligations. A higher sense of self-worth was associated with either being employed or having to care for a child/grandchild; a lower sense of self-worth was associated with having a spouse/partner. Discussion: The present analysis documents the complexity of social connectedness, demonstrating that various role obligations contribute to caregiving daughtersg' global self-esteem in different ways. In the context of assuming cancer careprovision, daughtersg' existing repertoire of social roles may possibly mediate the stress associated with their care involvement or serve as a buffer against the strain of the caregiving experience.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1016-1039
Number of pages24
JournalJournal of Aging and Health
Volume21
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2009

Keywords

  • Cancer
  • Caregiving
  • Caregiving daughters
  • Elderly patients
  • Self-esteem

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies

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