Document Type

Service Learning/Capstone Experience

Graduation Date

5-2019

Degree Name

Master of Public Health

Department

Health Promotion

First Committee Member

Dr. Armando De Alba

Second Committee Member

Dr. Janelle Beadle

Third Committee Member

Dr. Lynette Smith

Abstract

The goal of this project is to identify differences in quality of life and mental health between younger informal caregivers and non-caregivers, ages 19-40, in Nebraska. To address this goal, a demographic and health assessment battery was disseminated to eligible participants (N=60), comprised of informal caregivers (N=30) and age-, education-, and gender-matched non-caregivers (N=30). The health assessment included reliable and validated questionnaires, including the RAND SF-36, EuroQol 5D, Kessler Psychological Distress Scale, and the General Health Questionnaire. By discovering relationships between quality of life and mental health with the length of time providing care, programming and intervention recommendations can be made to improve the health of informal caregivers in Nebraska.

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