Depression and missed work among informal caregivers of older individuals with dementia


Journal Article

Although providing informal care can negatively affect caregiver emotional health and lead to depression, the association between caregiver depression and missed work is unknown. We use data from the National Longitudinal Caregiver Survey to examine the relationship between caregiver depression and missed work among informal caregivers for older veterans with Alzheimer's disease or vascular dementia. Two-part models are used to estimate the expected hours of work missed among working caregivers. Caregiver depression is statistically significantly associated with the likelihood and amount of time missed at work, resulting in an average of an extra half-day of work missed per month. While the effect of caregiver depression on work missed is modest, it represents another possible benefit from interventions to support caregivers. © 2007 Springer Science+Business Media, LLC.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Wilson, MR; Van Houtven, CH; Stearns, SC; Clipp, EC

Published Date

  • December 1, 2007

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 28 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 684 - 698

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1058-0476

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1007/s10834-007-9081-8

Citation Source

  • Scopus