Perceived Income Inadequacy as a Predictor of Psychological Distress in Alzheimer's Caregivers

Fei Sun, Michelle M. Hilgeman, Daniel W. Durkin, Rebecca S. Allen, Louis D. Burgio

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Abstract

The authors examined perceived income inadequacy as a predictor of self-reported depressive symptomatology and anxiety in the original sites of the Resources for Enhancing Alzheimer's Caregiver Health I project. Perceived income inadequacy, self-reported household income, and control factors (e.g., subjective health) were entered into hierarchical regression analyses predicting psychological distress. Findings suggest that perceived income inadequacy and not household income significantly predicted more self-reported depressive symptomatology and greater self-reported anxiety. This supports previous findings that objective income measures alone are not adequate indicators of socioeconomic status in older adults.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)177-183
Number of pages7
JournalPsychology and aging
Volume24
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2009

Keywords

  • Alzheimer's caregiving
  • anxiety
  • depression
  • financial strain
  • income inadequacy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Aging
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology

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    Sun, F., Hilgeman, M. M., Durkin, D. W., Allen, R. S., & Burgio, L. D. (2009). Perceived Income Inadequacy as a Predictor of Psychological Distress in Alzheimer's Caregivers. Psychology and aging, 24(1), 177-183. https://doi.org/10.1037/a0014760