The Effect of Proliferation of Stressors on Depression in Grandparent Caregivers in South Africa

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Abstract

This study explored the proliferation of stressors that contribute to depression in grandparents who are caregivers of an adult child with a long-term illness and their grandchildren. The data are drawn from Wave 4 of the Cape Area Panel Study in South Africa and subjected to linear regression analysis to predict depression in these older adults. We found evidence that the combination of primary and secondary care lead to a proliferation of stressors as these older adults experienced higher levels of depression, lower income, and greater food insecurity. Providing financial help to others and declining health also contributed to an increase in depression.
Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Social Work
StatePublished - May 17 2019

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