Caregiver assessment of support need, reaction to care, and assessment of depression

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  • Diane Jorgensen
  • Hilary Arksey
  • Matthew Parsons
  • Stephen Jacobs


Publication details

JournalHome Health Care Services Quarterly
DatePublished - 2009
Issue number4
Number of pages21
Pages (from-to)130-150
Original languageEnglish


The aims of this study were to: (a) identify New Zealand informal carers' support needs, (b) assess caregivers' depression, and (c) assess positive and negative aspects of caregiving. A sample of 287 carers from throughout New Zealand was recruited by advertisements in carer support organizations literature, in 2008. Data were collected using Centre for Epidemiologic Short Depression scale (CES-D10), Caregivers Reaction Assessment scale (CRA), and open-ended questions. Carer burden was significant in the 60 to 69 age group. The relationship between CRA and CES-D10 in carers in the 50 to 59, 60 to 69 carer age groups, and 0 to 29, 60 to 69, 70 to 79, and 80 plus care recipient age groups were also significant. Mean burden was highest in the 50 to 59 age group (77/120) with depression mean highest in the 30 to 39 age group (14/30). Carers commonly discussed the adverse effects of caregiving on identity, lifestyle, health, and financial situation. Lack of information, poor respite care, and combining work with care were major frustrations. If the government wishes to successfully pursue initiatives allowing people to remain at home, more resources are needed to adequately support carers.

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    Research areas

  • carers, social care services issues, health services issues, funding issues

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