Health Among Caregivers of Children with Health Problems: Findings from a Canadian Population-based Study

Health Among Caregivers of Children with Health Problems: Findings from a Canadian Population-based Study

Health Among Caregivers of Children with Health Problems: Findings from a Canadian Population-based Study

Health Among Caregivers of Children with Health Problems: Findings from a Canadian Population-based Studys

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Référence bibliographique [1530]

Brehaut, Jamie C., Kohen, Dafna E., Garner, Rochelle E., Miller, Anton R., Lach, Lucyna M., Klassen, Anne F. et Rosenbaum, Peter L. 2009. «Health Among Caregivers of Children with Health Problems: Findings from a Canadian Population-based Study ». American Journal of Public Health, vol. 99, no 7, p. 1254-1262.

Fiche synthèse

1. Objectifs


Intentions :
« We used population-based data to test the hypothesis that the health of caregivers of children with health problems would be significantly poorer than that of caregivers of healthy children, even after we controlled for relevant covariates. » (p. 1)

2. Méthode


Échantillon/Matériau :
« Data for this study were drawn from the National Longitudinal Survey of Children and Youth (NLSCY), a long-term study of the physical and social development of Canadian children conducted jointly by Statistics Canada and Human Resources and Social Development Canada. » (p. 1) « The sample for our study was limited to children aged 4 to 11 years (n=13790) to ensure consistency of health outcome items, since items differed for younger children. » (p. 2)

Instruments :
Questionnaire

Type de traitement des données :
Analyse statistique

3. Résumé


« The results of this study suggest that the health of caregivers of children with health problems is significantly poorer than the health of caregivers of healthy children. After we controlled for relevant family, caregiver, and child factors, caregivers of children with health problems had substantially greater odds of reporting chronic conditions, activity limitations, poor general health, and symptoms of depression than did caregivers of healthy children. This work contributes to the existing literature by having used large-scale, population based data and a broad spectrum of child health problems to ensure generalizability to a wide range of caregiving situations; by broadening our knowledge of caregivers’ physical health issues; and by isolating the independent effect of caring for a child with a health problem on caregiver health, after controlling for relevant covariates. » (p. 3)