Types of Caregiving Experience and Their Association With Caregiver Depressive Symptoms and Quality of Life

Pildoo Sung, Veronica Shimin Goh, Nur Diyana Azman, Abhijit Visaria, Rahul Malhotra

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Abstract

This study examines distinct types of caregiving experience, each formed by varied combinations of caregiving burden and benefits, and their association with caregiver depressive symptoms and quality of life.

Methods: We apply latent profile analysis and multivariable regression to data on 278 caregivers participating in the Caregiving Transitions among Family Caregivers of Elderly Singaporeans (TraCE) study in 2019–2020.

Results: We identify four caregiving experience types: (1) balanced (low burden and moderate benefits, 40% of caregivers), (2) satisfied (low burden and high benefits, 33%), (3) intensive (high burden and high benefits, 17%), and (4) dissatisfied (moderate burden and low benefits, 10%). Caregivers with dissatisfied and intensive caregiving experience tend to report higher depressive symptoms and lower quality of life compared to those with satisfied caregiving experience.

Discussion: A person-centered approach helps capture the heterogeneity in caregiving experience. Policymakers should develop tailored interventions by caregiving experience types for promoting caregiver well-being.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)591–601
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Aging and Health
Volume34
Issue number4-5
Early online date28 Oct 2021
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2022

User-Defined Keywords

  • caregiving burden and benefits
  • caregiver depressive symptoms
  • caregiver quality of life
  • latent profile analysis

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