Coping style and caregiver burden among adult daughters who care for elderly parents

Date of Award




Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

First Committee Member

Margaret Crosbie-Burnett, Committee Chair


The relationship between coping style and caregiver burden was examined in a group of adult daughters who care for an elderly parent or parent-in-law. The sample for this study consisted of 44 women with a mean age of 52. Stepwise regression models were used to examine the relationships between age and coping styles and different types of caregiver burden. The coping styles included problem-focused coping, emotion-focused coping and seeks social support. The types of caregiver burden are objective burden, subjective burden, depression, and anxiety. Results showed that emotion-focused coping and age were the strongest predictors of caregiver burden and these variables had significant correlations to caregiver burden. The implications of these results as well as future directions for research are discussed.


Gerontology; Women's Studies; Psychology, Clinical

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