Use of tangible, educational and psychological support services among Chinese American dementia caregivers

Jinyu Liu, Yifan Lou, Ethan Siu Leung Cheung, Bei Wu

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Abstract

Background and Objectives: Though many studies have examined the service utilization of dementia caregivers, there is limited empirical evidence from Asian Americans in this field. Guided by Andersen’s behavioral model of health services use, we aimed to understand what factors were associated with utilizing multiple types of services among Chinese American dementia caregivers. Research Design and Methods: We collected survey data from 134 Chinese dementia caregivers in New York City. Logistic regression models were conducted to test the associations between predisposing, enabling, and need factors and the likelihood of using tangible (home health aide, adult daycare, respite care), educational (lectures and workshops), and psychological (peer support groups and psychological counseling) support services. Results: Several variables conceptualized by Andersen’s model, including caregiver’s knowledge about services, caring tasks, length of care and burden, and care recipient’s physical and cognitive deteriorations, were significantly associated with higher possibilities of using multiple types of services. Three sociocultural factors—residing in Chinatown, availability of alternative family caregivers, and diagnosis of cognitive deterioration—were also associated with higher likelihood of using educational or psychological services. Discussion and Implications: The findings extend the existing literature on service utilization of caregivers by highlighting the importance of distinguishing types of services and considering sociocultural factors in future research and practice.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1914-1932
Number of pages19
JournalDementia
Volume21
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 2022

Keywords

  • Chinatown
  • family
  • Knowledge
  • sociocultural

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Social Sciences(all)

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