Rural Versus Non-Rural Residence and Psychosocial Outcomes among Caregivers of Patients with Dementia and Related Disorders

Lilah M. Besser, James E. Galvin

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

Abstract

We used data on 718 dementia caregivers and multivariable linear regression to test associations between residential locale and psychosocial outcomes (grief, wellbeing, burden, quality of life [QOL], self-efficacy/mastery, and social networks). Rural residence (versus urban or suburban) was not associated with the psychosocial outcomes. However, for rural caregivers, greater self-efficacy/mastery was associated with lower grief (versus urban/suburban) and burden (versus suburban), and greater social network quality was associated with lower burden (versus suburban) and higher QOL (versus urban). Interventions targeting self-efficacy/mastery and social networks may be particularly effective at improving rural caregivers' mental health and QOL.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)993-999
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Alzheimer's Disease
Volume85
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 2022
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Caregivers
  • dementia
  • mental health
  • quality of life
  • residence characteristics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

Fingerprint

Dive into the research topics of 'Rural Versus Non-Rural Residence and Psychosocial Outcomes among Caregivers of Patients with Dementia and Related Disorders'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this