Research Overview

Psychologists have been major contributors to research on family caregiving. This section highlights the current status of the field of caregiving research, and notes some major areas of study, methodological issues in caregiving research, understudied topics in the field, and sources for funding for caregiving research. In addition we present some exemplars of psychologists at different phases of their careers who have made important contributions to the field of caregiving research.

In the Research Section

Observations on the State of Caregiver Research

Applied and scholarly caregiving research cuts across age groups, disease and disability conditions, and diverse subpopulations.

Major Areas of Study

Study areas include the effects of interventions or public policies on caregivers; psychological, social, health and economic impact of caregiving; and caregiving for specific conditions or disabilities and populations.

Methodological Issues

Researchers conducting studies on caregiving need to take into account a series of methodological concerns specific to caregiving that include reviewing literature and understanding methodological trade-offs.

Understudied Topics

Research on caregivers should focus on the impact on health, stress and family relationships; special needs of diverse cultural, racial and ethnic groups; and special needs of diverse diseases and disabilities.

Funding for Caregiving Research

Studies of caregiving stress are funded and/or conducted by federal, private, nonprofit and state agencies.

Psychologists as Researchers

Psychologists show how this research has positively impacted the field.