The structure of informal care: Are there differences by race?

L. Burton, J. Kasper, A. Shore, K. Cagney, T. LaVeist, C. Cubbin, P. German

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This study investigated whether there are race differences in the structure of informal caregiving networks. Data on 3,793 functionally impaired persons age 65 and over from the 1989 National Long-Term Care Survey were analyzed. The size of the total caregiver network and the unpaid network did not differ by race, but the likelihood of there being a non-immediate family member among unpaid caregivers was higher among disabled older blacks. These findings raise questions about whether race differences in nursing home utilization and paid long-term care services, documented in other studies, can be explained by differences in caregiving arrangements.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)744-752
Number of pages9
Issue number6
StatePublished - 1995


  • Caregiving
  • Informal caregivers
  • Older persons
  • Race differences

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gerontology
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology


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