Abstract

The impact of caring for a child with a developmental disability on the physical and mental health of Latina and Black American women was examined. We used the National Health Interview Survey to compare the health of older mothers who were co-residing with a child who had a developmental disability to the health of same age mothers without caregiving responsibilities. Findings show that for both groups, older adult caregivers were more likely to report having limitations from arthritis than their noncaregiving counterparts. Caregiving was associated with more depressive symptoms for Latinas, but this relationship was not found for Black American women. Findings suggest that physical and mental health of caregivers need more attention in research and practice.

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