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date: 03 December 2022

Family Caregivinglocked

Family Caregivinglocked

  • Sandra OwensSandra OwensDr. Sandra Owens is a tenured associate professor in the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, School of Social Work, and she is a Hartford Faculty Scholar. She earned the BA and MSW degrees from UNLV, and a Social Welfare PhD from the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Owens has administered over $630,000 in grants and contracts to improve the mental health and well being of seniors and foster children and their caregivers. Dr. Owens has provided trainings to hundreds of social workers at the local, state, national and international levels. She has published journal articles and encyclopedia entries, book chapters, and newsletter articles on topics such as elder caregiving, respite care for parents of special needs children in the foster care system, mental health coping behaviors of minority female elder caregivers, and demographics of youth in the Clark County School District. She is committed to assisting local, non-profit agencies with meeting their organizational goals, and to solving the myriad problems facing individuals. Dr. Owens is actively involved in leadership roles in a variety of community organizations, and she recently served as President’s Fellow in the cabinet of UNLV President Neal Smatresk. She can be contacted at
  •  and Letha A. ChadihaLetha A. ChadihaLetha A. Chadiha, PhD, MSW, is professor of social work at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and co-director of the Community Core in the Michigan Center for Urban African American Aging Research at the University of Michigan and Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan. Her current research focuses on the mental health and social functioning of African American female caregivers assisting older African Americans and the recruitment of older African Americans in health-related research.


There is evidence that family caregiving in the United States has been increasing at an unprecedented rate as a result of various societal issues. This entry provides a summary of the scholarly literature regarding elder-caregiving trends, demographics, legislation, challenges, and racial and socioeconomic impacts, as well as the rewards of caregiving. Additionally, the entry provides empirical findings regarding evidence-based interventions associated with family caregiving of older adults.


  • Aging and Older Adults
  • Couples and Families
  • Health Care and Illness
  • Mental and Behavioral Health

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This entry retained its original structure. Non-substantive textual revisions were made throughout the entry; references were verified. Demographic data, references, and suggested links were updated with more recent sources.

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