Caregiving behavior is associated with decreased mortality risk.

  title={Caregiving behavior is associated with decreased mortality risk.},
  author={Stephanie L. Brown and Dylan M. Smith and Richard Schulz and Mohammed U. Kabeto and Peter Anthony Ubel and Michael Poulin and Jaehee Yi and Catherine Kim and Kenneth M. Langa},
  journal={Psychological science},
  volume={20 4},
Traditional investigations of caregiving link it to increased caregiver morbidity and mortality, but do not disentangle the effects of providing care from those of being continuously exposed to an ailing loved one with serious health problems. We explored this possible confound in a national, longitudinal survey of elderly married individuals (N= 3,376). Results showed that spending at least 14 hr per week providing care to a spouse predicted decreased mortality for the caregiver, independently… CONTINUE READING
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