Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Social Work (MSW)


Social Work

First Advisor

Dr. Sharon Patten

Second Advisor

Dr. Glenda Dewberry Rooney

Third Advisor

Iris Freeman, MSW


Previous research has focused on the time spent and the tasks involved in caregiving and on care recipient characteristics in measuring caregiving demand and predicting negative impacts (Aneshensel, Pearlin, & Schuler, 1993; McKinlay, Crawford, & Tennstedt, 1995; Stull, Bowman, & Smerglia, 1994). However, the nature of the relationship between objectively measured caregiving demand and negative impacts for caregivers remains unclear. Researchers now note that assessing caregivers' perceptions of demand may be key in understanding negative impacts (Coverman, 1989; Litvin, Albert, Brody, & Hoffman, 1995; Loomis & Booth, 1995). This study assessed relationships between objective and subjective reports of caregiving demand and negative impact measures. Information about subgroups of caregivers and caregiving demand and negative impacts was also made available. The design involved a cross-sectional survey methodology that utilized means tests and correlation statistics for analysis. The findings indicate that caregiver's subjective reports of demand are positively associated with negative impacts while their objective reports are inversely associated with negative impacts. The findings also show that some subgroups of caregivers experience greater negative impacts than others. Implications for practice and policy are discussed.


SC 11.MSW.1997.Mandrich.ML

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