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The Impact of Family Caregiving on the Well-Being of Youth Caregivers: A Secondary Data Analysis of Middle School Students


Jennifer Greene, Peter Toyinbo, MB.ChB., M.S.P.H., Connie Siskowski, Ph.D. & Donna Cohen, Ph.D., Department of Aging and Mental Health Disparities, Louis de la Parte Florida Mental Health Institute, College of Behavioral and Community Sciences, University of South Florida


  • Findings that middle school caregivers used both emotional and problem solving coping styles in contrast to their non-caregiving peers may reflect an adaptive way to deal with their emotional distress and still use effective problem focused coping skills;

  • Increased levels of anxiety and depression in these middle school caregivers replicates the findings of most studies;

  • Age and gender effects may be surrogate variables for different levels of cognitive and emotional development of girls and boys in this age group;

  • Priorities for future youth caregiver research should focus on risk and protective factors affecting physical and emotional health of children and their families, the impact on child development and young adult development, the impact on educational and occupational success, and interventions to support the health and well-being of youth and families.


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The Impact of Caring for an Older Relative on Adolescent Development

The Impact of Caring for an Older Relative on Adolescent Development

by Kelly Foyle, Dept. of Psychology

Mentor: Dr. Donna Cohen, Dept. Aging & Mental Health

Thesis Committee: Dr. Krista Kutash, Dr. Jessica McIlvane


Research in the area of young caregivers is a relatively new phenomenon in the United States. The first national U.S. survey of young caregivers showed over 1.3 million children ages 8-18 were providing care for an older relative, and 72 percent were caring for a parent or grandparent (NAC/UHF, 2005). While young caregivers may suffer in academics, caregiving tasks may also impact their ability to participate in activities outside of the classroom, therein creating life experiences different from their non-caregiving peers (Tatum, 1999).   The Entire PDF Poster is here.

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