The Mental Health Effects of Informal Caregiving: Emerging Research and Opportunities

The Mental Health Effects of Informal Caregiving: Emerging Research and Opportunities

Noted as an IGI Global Core Reference Title in Medicine & Healthcare for 2019.

Debra Gavin Ware (Argosy University, USA) and Tarnue Johnson (Argosy University, USA & Kirkwood Community College, USA)
Indexed In: PsycINFO®
Release Date: November, 2018|Copyright: © 2019 |Pages: 131
ISBN13: 9781522574521|ISBN10: 1522574522|EISBN13: 9781522574538|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-7452-1


Because progressive advancements to healthcare practices are leading to longer lifespans, an increased number of aging individuals now require constant care from practiced caregivers. The financial costs of in-home care can be quite high; therefore, many families are opting to stand in as caregivers, and this can lead to various impacts on their own social and psychological wellbeing.

The Mental Health Effects of Informal Caregiving: Emerging Research and Opportunities provides autobiographical accounts and statistical data associated with the caregiving experience, as well as the methods to discern the positive psychological forces that shape the subjective wellbeing of informal caregivers. Highlighting topics such as institutional vs. informal caregiving, special healthcare needs, and veteran care, this book is ideally designed for psychologists, therapists, researchers, medical institutions, academia, and students seeking current research on the subjective wellbeing of informal caregivers.

Topics Covered

The many academic areas covered in this publication include, but are not limited to:

  • Institutional vs. Informal Caregiving
  • Kohlberg’s Developmental Theory
  • Negative Consequences
  • Positive Aspects
  • Psychological Factors
  • Public Policy
  • Societal Challenges
  • Special Healthcare Needs
  • Subjective Wellbeing
  • Veteran Care

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Author(s)/Editor(s) Biography

Debra Gavin Ware obtained a Bachelor's degree in Political Science from Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois (1983). She completed her Master of Science degree in Non-Profit Management from Spertus College in Chicago, Illinois (2012). She completed her doctoral degree in Education specializing in Organizational Leadership from Argosy University in Chicago, Illinois (2016). She served as President of the Sigma Beta Delta honor society from 2012 to 2014. Dr. Gavin Ware is an Adjunct Professor at Argosy University teaching undergraduate and doctoral students. She serves as a dissertation coach, committee member and mentor for several doctoral students. She is an active member of the Toast Master's International organization. Her research interests include areas such as adult bullying, aging advocacy, factors affecting Informal Caregivers and non-profit leadership.
Tarnue Johnson obtained an MA degree in political economy from Middlesex University in London, UK (1992-94). Dr. Johnson completed a postgraduate certificate in adult education at the Institute of Education, University College London (1995-96). He spent a year doing postgraduate studies in educational research, policy and planning at the University of Manchester in Manchester, UK (1997-98). Dr. Johnson completed his Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA) at Argosy University/Chicago with concentration in management (2007-11). He also completed postdoctoral studies at Northwestern University in Chicago (2015). Dr. Johnson has authored and co-authored more than seven books---with several in the pipeline---in collaboration with leading American, African American and African scholars and intellectuals. He has also written and published several peer-reviewed articles in reputable journals. His research interests include globalization and business ethics, public policy and neuro organizational cognitive science. The author has also taught at various colleges and universities in Illinois and Iowa.