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Liu, Yujun

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M.S. (Master of Science)

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School of Family and Consumer Sciences


Previous studies demonstrated that caregiving stress is associated with symptoms of poor mental health including depression. We examined sense of control as moderator of the association between caregiving stress and depressive symptoms. Data were from the Midlife in the United States (MIDUS) study, a national survey that included 7,108 participants aged from 24 to 75 years at baseline. Caregiving stress and sense of control were from the 2004 wave, the outcome variable, depressive symptoms, was from 2013 wave controlling for depressive symptoms in 2004. A conditional process model was applied using PROCESS in SPSS. Results indicated that FCG’S who experienced higher levels of stress reported significant higher levels of depressive symptoms. This association was moderated by sense of control, suggesting that sense of control serves a protective function for family FCG’S mental health. The results have implications for developing interventions that focus on enhancing FCG’S sense of control. Keywords: Family caregiving; sense of control; depressive symptoms.


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