Conflict resolution and distress in dementia caregiver families: Comparison of Cubans and white non-hispanics

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This study investigated the role of family conflict resolution as a mediator of the relationship between ethnicity and psychological distress in dementia caregivers. The sample was composed of the families of 182 caregivers who participated in REACH (Resources for Enhancing Alzheimer's Caregiver Health). The sample consisted of 84 Cuban American and 98 non-Hispanic White American families. Mediation analyses revealed that both income and conflict resolution partially mediated the relationship between ethnicity and caregiver psychological distress. Specifically, Cuban American families were less likely than non-Hispanic White families to reach a resolution to their disagreements, which may have rendered the caregiver at greater risk for psychological distress. These results suggest that Cuban American caregivers may benefit from interventions that improve the family's ability to resolve conflicts.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)80-88
Number of pages9
JournalHispanic Health Care International
Issue number2
StatePublished - Dec 1 2008



  • Caregivers
  • Conflict
  • Cuban
  • Dementia
  • Family
  • Hispanic

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)

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