Hispanic caregivers of adults with mental retardation: Importance of family functioning

Sandra Magaña, Seth J Schwartz, Mark P. Rubert, Jose Szapocznik

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Abstract

Our aim in this study was to validate a stress-process model for Hispanic caregivers of adults with mental retardation that incorporates family functioning. The model postulates that maladaptive adult behaviors are related to poorer family relationships and higher levels of family burden, which in turn is related to caregiver psychological distress and self-reported health. The 153 Hispanic caregivers were interviewed in their homes with structured interviews and self-report measures. We analyzed cross-sectional data using structural equation modeling. The hypothesized model provided an excellent fit to the data. Also, family relationships mediated the relationship between maladaptive adult behaviors and family burden, and higher levels of family burden were related to greater caregiver distress. Acculturation was negatively related to caregiver distress.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)250-262
Number of pages13
JournalAmerican Journal on Mental Retardation
Volume111
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1 2006

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Hispanic Americans
Intellectual Disability
Caregivers
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Family Relations
Acculturation
Self Report
acculturation
Mental Retardation
Family Functioning
Interviews
Psychology
Health
Burden
interview
health
Family Relationships

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  • Health Professions(all)
  • Education

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Hispanic caregivers of adults with mental retardation : Importance of family functioning. / Magaña, Sandra; Schwartz, Seth J; Rubert, Mark P.; Szapocznik, Jose.

In: American Journal on Mental Retardation, Vol. 111, No. 4, 01.07.2006, p. 250-262.

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