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Health, Work, and Social Problems in Spanish Informal Caregivers: Does Gender Matter? (The CUIDAR-SE Study)

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Departamento de Análisis Económico y Seminario de Investigación en Economía y Salud (SIES), Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha, 45071 Toledo, Spain
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Escuela Andaluza de Salud Pública (EASP), 18080 Granada, Spain
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Instituto de Investigación Biosanitaria de Granada ibs. Granada, 18012 Granada, Spain
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Departamento de Salud del Gobierno Vasco, Delegación de Salud de Gipuzkoa, 20010 San Sebastián, Spain
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Academic Editors: Pablo Moya Martinez and Raúl del Pozo Rubio
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18(14), 7332; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18147332
Received: 31 May 2021 / Revised: 2 July 2021 / Accepted: 7 July 2021 / Published: 8 July 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue The Economics of Caring)
(1) Background: The aim of this study was (i) to analyze problems faced by informal caregivers in three areas of their life: health, work and finances, and family and social relationships, (ii) to investigate the main determinants of these problems, and (iii) to explore differences between men and women. (2) Methods: The study population consisted of people aged ≥18 years living in a family home who were providing unpaid care to a dependent person in the same or another home and who were registered as caregivers with the Primary Health Care District of Granada or the Provincial Council of Gipuzkoa. Several logistic regression models were built to analyze the likelihood of caregivers experiencing health, work-related, or social problems as a result of their caregiving responsibilities. (3) Results: Informal female caregivers were more likely to experience problems attributed to caregiving than their male counterparts, particularly in the areas of health and work. Additional factors associated with an increased likelihood of problems were low perceived social support, performance of ungratifying tasks, and fewer years as a caregiver. (4) Conclusions: Informal caregivers in Spain face significant problems as a result of their caregiving duties, and the impact on men and women is different. Policies and interventions to mitigate the negative effects of unpaid caregiving should incorporate differential strategies to meet the specific needs of male and female caregivers in different caregiving contexts. View Full-Text
Keywords: informal care; caregiver; gender differences; health problems; work problems; social problems informal care; caregiver; gender differences; health problems; work problems; social problems
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Peña-Longobardo, L.M.; Río-Lozano, M.D.; Oliva-Moreno, J.; Larrañaga-Padilla, I.; García-Calvente, M.d.M. Health, Work, and Social Problems in Spanish Informal Caregivers: Does Gender Matter? (The CUIDAR-SE Study). Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18, 7332. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18147332

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Peña-Longobardo LM, Río-Lozano MD, Oliva-Moreno J, Larrañaga-Padilla I, García-Calvente MdM. Health, Work, and Social Problems in Spanish Informal Caregivers: Does Gender Matter? (The CUIDAR-SE Study). International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2021; 18(14):7332. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18147332

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Peña-Longobardo, Luz María, María Del Río-Lozano, Juan Oliva-Moreno, Isabel Larrañaga-Padilla, and María del Mar García-Calvente. 2021. "Health, Work, and Social Problems in Spanish Informal Caregivers: Does Gender Matter? (The CUIDAR-SE Study)" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 18, no. 14: 7332. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18147332

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