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Young caregivers differ from older caregivers: a census-based record linkage study

Tseliou, F., Maguire, A., Wright, D., Rosato, M. and O'Reilly, D. 2017. Young caregivers differ from older caregivers: a census-based record linkage study. European Journal of Public Health 27 (S3) , ckx186.251. 10.1093/eurpub/ckx186.251

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Abstract

Background Previous studies and reports have highlighted the effect of caregiving responsibilities on caregivers, however, the predominance of older caregivers and the exponential increased risk of death with age has led to the under-representation of young caregivers. The aim of this study was to explore the effect of caregiving on mental health, mobility difficulties and mortality risk of young caregivers in Northern Ireland. Methods A census-based record linkage study of data on all residents enumerated in the 2011 Census with subsequently registered mortality information until the end of 2015. The sample consisted of 433,328 individuals aged 5-24 years, with approximately 4.5% (19,621) of the cohort reporting that they were providers of informal care. Results Intense caregiving was associated with worse physical health among caregivers aged 5-17 years (OR 1.61 95%CIs 1.16-2.23), but better physical health among aged 18 or older (OR 0.86 95%CIs 0.69-1.08). A positive and dose response relationship was observed between caregiving status and mental ill-health, with the effect being more evident among 5-17 year-olds rather than 18-24 year-olds. There is sufficient evidence to suggest that, in contrast to the relationship at older ages, caregiving in younger people is associated with an increased mortality risk. Conclusions This population-based study shows that caregiving status has a different effect on young caregivers when compared to their older peers.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Medicine
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISSN: 1101-1262
Last Modified: 17 Jul 2019 14:28
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/122633

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