HEALTH AND RELATIONAL OUTCOMES FOR INFORMAL CAREGIVERS AND CARE-RECIPIENTS

Jacquelyn Harvey, Meara H. Faw, Elizabeth S Parks

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Abstract

This chapter begins by offering an overview of informal caregiving in current times, including statistics on the prevalence of caregiving and coverage of various issues that caregivers face. We then discuss various challenges and health issues faced by informal caregivers, coupled with the positive outcomes they can experience. Despite a strong presence of stress and emotional turmoil in this context, caregivers can undergo a range of personal, physiological, and prosocial benefits. These benefits can also be enhanced via home- and community-based research interventions. We include a description of three types of caregiver-focused interventions designed to improve caregiver and care-recipient well-being and their corresponding relational health. Throughout the chapter, we also outline various opportunities for communication researchers to expand their presence in this area of study, given the unique interaction-based perspective that the communication discipline offers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Routledge Handbook of Health Communication, Third Edition
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Pages91-104
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9781000451375
ISBN (Print)9780367487447
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2021

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