Journal article

The unmet support needs of carers of older Australians: prevalence and mental health

Jeromey B Temple, Briony Dow

INTERNATIONAL PSYCHOGERIATRICS | CAMBRIDGE UNIV PRESS | Published : 2018

Abstract

ABSTRACTBackground:Population aging places greater demands on the supply of informal carers. The aims of this study were to examine (1) the types of unmet support needs of carers of older Australians and (2) the association of unmet needs with mental health. METHODS: Utilizing new data from the 2015 Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) Survey of Disability, Ageing and Carers, we calculated the prevalence of carers experiencing specific and multiple unmet needs for support, using single and multiple item measures. Logistic regression models were fitted to examine the association between unmet needs and psychological distress (using the Kessler psychological distress scale), once demographic ..

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Grants

Awarded by Australian Research Council's Centre of Excellence in Population Ageing Research


Funding Acknowledgements

Data for this study were made available to the authors by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). J. B. Temple is funded by the Australian Research Council's Centre of Excellence in Population Ageing Research (CE1101029). The opinions expressed herein are those of the authors alone.