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Korean Journal of Women Health Nursing 2009;15(3):196-204.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.4069/kjwhn.2009.15.3.196   
Comparison in Care Burden, Fatigue, and Life Contentment of Caregivers by Gender Relationship with Demented Elders
Young Whee Lee, In Sook Cho, Hwa Soon Kim
Nursing Department, College of Medicine, Inha University, Korea. insook.cho@inha.ac.kr
This study was done in order to examine the differences in gender respect to care burden, fatigue, and life contentment of family caregivers of elderly with dementia. METHODS: The setting of the study was a community-based dementia care center providing daycare services. One hundred ninety four caregivers were recruited for the survey. A structured questionnaire was used which included demographic information, care burden, fatigue, and general contentment scales. Caregivers were classified into 4 groups by gender relationship with care recipients. RESULTS: The majority of the caregivers were middle-aged and elderly. More than twice as many were female rather than male caregivers. The results showed that women caregivers expressed more fatigue than men overall (p< .05). In the gender relationships, a different combination of man-woman appeared to have more burdens than that of a woman-woman group (p< .05). For fatigue, the man caregiver-woman elderly group showed a higher fatigue score than a woman-man group (p< .05). However, there was no significant difference in life contentment among groups. CONCLUSION: These results suggest that caregiver's gender and gender relationship with elders could be considerable factors when the nurses make a plan in the community for dementia nursing management services.
Key Words: Sex differences; Elderly; Caregivers; Fatigue; Personal satisfaction

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