Date of Award

3-1-1996

Degree Type

Thesis

University or Center

Clark Atlanta University(CAU)

School

School of Social Work

Degree Name

M.S.W.

Department

Social Work and Public Health

First Advisor

Dr. Melvin Williams

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to compare the experience of depression and burden in African American caregivers in two different living arrangements: those coresiding with the care recipient and those living separately from the care recipient. As caregivers struggle to balance the roles they must play, burden and depression are often a result. A purposeful sample was used to identify caregivers of a day care and a day activity center in the Atlanta area. There was no difference in the level of depression experienced by caregivers coresiding as compared to those not coresiding with the care recipient. Also, there was no difference between those caregivers coresiding as compared to non coresiding caregivers in the experience of burden.

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