Donna Parry

Document Type

Thesis - University Access Only

Award Date


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department / School

Graduate Nursing

First Advisor

Phyllis Meyer Gaspar


Caregivers of impaired individuals are at risk of experiencing strain or burden. Research has been conducted in urban areas studying caregiver burden, but no studies have been done in the rural area to identify specific burden experienced by the caregiver. The objective of the study was to describe the dimensions of burden experienced by the rural caregiver and to examine relationships which existed between the factors of burden and selected demographic indicators. The 30 subjects for this study were obtained through home health agencies and hospital associated special programs in a rural midwestern area. Data obtained using the Caregiver Burden Inventory (CBI) was obtained from interviews and analyzed by Pearson correlation and Phi. The analysis demonstrated caregiver burden ranking from highest to lowest were: time-dependence, developmental, physical, social, and emotional burden. Caregiver age was associated with time-dependence, developmental, physical, and social burden. Spouse caregivers reported less time-dependence and social burden than child caregivers. Child caregivers reported greater developmental burden. Social and emotional burden of males was significantly lower than that of females.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Caregivers -- Middle West -- Psychology
Caregivers -- Middle West -- Physiology




South Dakota State University



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