Utility of the Life Course Perspective in Research With Mexican American Caregivers of Older Adults

Bronwynne Evans, Neva Crogan, Michael Belyea, David Coon

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Research on caregiving of elders in Mexican American families is urgently needed. We know little about family caregivers, family transitions in relation to the caregiving role, reciprocal impact of caregivers and care recipients on one another, adaptive strategies, positive benefits of caregiving (caregiver gain), specific caregiving burdens, or supportive interventions for family caregiving. Theory derivation using the concepts and structure of life course perspective provides a way to fill the knowledge gaps concerning Mexican American caregiving families, taking into account their ethnic status as an important Hispanic subgroup and the unique cultural and contextual factors that mark their caregiving experiences.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)5-14
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Transcultural Nursing
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2009



  • Mexican American
  • elder caregiving
  • life course perspective

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)

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