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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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