Family Caregiver Connections Project

Lead Researcher: 
Janet S. Pohl, PhD; David Coon, PhD
Project Contact: 
Janet S. Pohl, jspohl@asu.edu
Social relationships are important to family/informal caregiver health. Maintaining relationships can be difficult for caregivers and lead to increased social isolation. Family/informal caregivers represent multiple generations whose experience with and use of social technology to maintain those relationships can vary and differentially impact critical health outcomes. This project aims to examine and compare social isolation experience across the three generations of caregivers who provide care to older adults, to explore the association of social media/technology enhanced conversations with social relationships and social isolation across three generations, and to test the feasibility of a social technology self-efficacy scale. Three Arizona caregiver focus groups, with participants from three generations caring for older adults with chronic illnesses or functional impairments have been conducted.

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