Effects of Social Support and Volunteering on Depression Among Grandparents Raising Grandchildren.

International journal of aging & human development

PubMedID: 27418590

Jang H, Tang F. Effects of Social Support and Volunteering on Depression Among Grandparents Raising Grandchildren. Int J Aging Hum Dev. 2016;.
Guided by a stress-buffering model, this study examined the effect of the caregiver stress on depressive symptoms, specifically the moderating effects of social support and volunteering on the relationship between stress and depressive symptoms among grandparent caregivers. The 2010 Health and Retirement Survey included a sample of 1,973 grandparent caregivers who reported their stress scores. FINDINGS
suggest that positive social support and volunteering significantly moderated the relationship between stress and depressive symptoms.In particular, the study revealed that perceived quality of relations may help grandparent caregivers cope with their ongoing stress and enlarged social interaction may buffer the increase of negative stressor outcomes.