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

Sandra Magaña, Seth J. Schwartz, Mark P. Rubert, José 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 (US)
Pages (from-to)250-262
Number of pages13
JournalAmerican Journal on Mental Retardation
Volume111
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1 2006

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Rehabilitation
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Health Professions(all)

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