Latino Alzheimer's disease caregivers and depression: Using the stress coping model to examine the effects of spirituality and religion

Fei Sun, David Hodge

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Abstract

This study used stress coping theory to examine the effects of spirituality and religion on depression among a sample of Latino family members caring for a person with Alzheimer's disease (AD) in the United States. Participants consisted of 209 Latino caregivers (CGs) drawn from baseline data from the Resource for Enhancing Alzheimer's Caregivers Health (REACH) II clinical trial. The findings indicate that church attendance moderates the relationship between subjective forms of stress and depression in tandem with exhibiting direct effects on depression. Consistent with the central role religion plays in Latino culture, the results imply that religious involvement may play an important role in mitigating depression through indirect and direct pathways.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)291-315
Number of pages25
JournalJournal of Applied Gerontology
Volume33
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2014

Keywords

  • Alzheimer's disease
  • Hispanics
  • Latinos
  • caregiving
  • spirituality

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gerontology
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology

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