Patterns of coping preferences for male and female caregivers of frail older adults

Psychol Aging. 1997 Jun;12(2):263-7. doi: 10.1037//0882-7974.12.2.263.


The similarities and differences in male and female caregivers' preferred strategies for coping and the perceived helpfulness of these strategies in managing caregiving stressors were examined in this study. Respondents were 170 caregivers (139 women and 31 men) who were primary caregivers for an elderly adult relative who was either cognitively impaired or physically frail. Results provide preliminary evidence that gender is related to frequency of use but not to the perceived helpfulness of specific coping strategies.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adaptation, Psychological*
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Caregivers / psychology*
  • Child of Impaired Parents / psychology*
  • Female
  • Frail Elderly*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Perception
  • Sex Factors