Poor Mental Health Depression Among Informal Caregivers In India

Caregivers often put their own health and wellbeing at risk in order to care for elderly family members, and this can result in depression and poor self-rated health.

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Caregivers often put their own health and wellbeing at risk in order to care for elderly family members, and this can result in depression and poor self-rated health. A nationally representative survey examined how health condition varied between caregivers and non-caregivers, and found that caregivers were at a higher risk of depression and poor self-rated health.

Widowed, rural, and dissatisfied caregivers were more likely to suffer from depressive symptoms, while those aged 45-59, widowed, male, and living only with their children with a spouse absent had an almost two times higher chance of having poor self-rated health.

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Caregiving: a risk factor of poor health and depression among informal caregivers in India- A comparative analysis

Abstract

Caregiver Mental Health

In an ageing society, the provision of long-term care is the prime need. In Indian cultural setting, family members are the informal, albeit primary caregivers to the elderly. Caregiving demands intense emotional and financial involvement. While taking care of elderly persons’ health and wellbeing, these family members, acting as informal caregivers, may themselves become vulnerable to poor health due to additional stress and burden. Using a nationally representative survey, the study tried to identify how health condition varies within caregivers and a comparative analysis of how in similar socio-economic background health condition varies between caregivers and non-caregivers.

Method

The data, used for the analysis, is taken from Longitudinal Ageing Study in India (LASI), Wave I. Both descriptive and multivariable regression analysis are done in different models along with interaction effect of caregiving to understand the difference in health status between caregiver and non-caregivers.

Results

Nearly 29% and 11% of the informal caregivers, reported to have depressive symptoms and poor self-rated health (SRH), respectively. Almost half of the caregivers, who provide care for more than 40 h a week, are diagnosed to have depressive symptoms. They are also at higher risk of having depressive symptoms (AOR 1.59 CI 1.16–2.18) and poor SRH (AOR 1.73 CI 1.11–2.69) than those who invest less than 40 h in a week. In almost every socio-economic condition, caregivers are at a higher risk of having depression and poor health than non-caregivers. Caregivers, who are widowed, live in rural areas or are not satisfied with current living arrangement are more vulnerable to have depressive symptoms. On the other hand, caregivers of age 45–59 years, widowed, male and who live only with their children with spouse absent, have almost 2 times higher odds of poor SRH than non-caregivers.

Conclusion

Caregivers are more susceptible to depression and poor self-rated health compared to non-caregivers irrespective of their socio-economic characteristics, only the magnitude of vulnerability varies.

Authors

Ruchira Chakraborty, Arjun Jana, Viraj Mahesh Vibhute

Published Date

2023-01-06

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.1186/s12889-022-14880-5

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