Depression and Caregiving

December 1, 2016 | SPH Accolades

MPH Student Jennifer Kaufman presented a poster, “Depressive effects associated with a transition into caregiving of a parent or spouse,” at the Gerontological Society of America Annual Scientific Meeting in New Orleans.

The paper is a quantitative analysis of a large sample that confirms other research in finding that becoming a family caregiver may increase symptoms of depression. It highlights the need to pay attention to depressive symptoms in spousal caregivers, especially if caregiving ends in widowhood. Jennifer observes, “I learned a lot (if sometimes the hard way!) from the experience of writing and submitting the paper, and the poster session was a great opportunity to receive comments from other researchers and see how they have approached the topic.”

Depressive effects associated with a transition into caregiving of a parent or spouse. Jennifer E. Kaufman, Yeonjung Lee, Wendy Vaughon, Aig Unuigbe, William T. Gallo

Jennifer Kaufman

Jennifer Kaufman