Service barriers of Chinese family caregivers in Canada

Wing Leung Lai, Shireen Surood

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Family caregiving is a stressful process, especially when the complexity of being an immigrant or ethnic minority is added. This paper examined service barriers experienced by Chinese immigrant family caregivers in Canada and the predictors of different types of barriers. Principle component analysis was performed with the barriers reported loading onto cultural barriers, administrative problems, circumstantial challenges, perceived negative quality of services, and personal attitudes. Multiple regression analysis was used to identify the role of the culture-related factors in predicting service barriers, controlling for socio-demographic status of the caregivers'. The results show that financial factors significantly predicted the number and types of barriers reported by the caregivers. Culture-related factors were significant in predicting the total number of access barriers and the different types of barriers experienced by the family caregivers. The findings indicate the importance of culturally sensitive support for family caregivers in order to reduce the access barriers.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)315-336
Number of pages22
JournalJournal of Gerontological Social Work
Issue number3-4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2008
Externally publishedYes


  • Chinese-Canadians
  • Family caregivers
  • Service barriers

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Nursing (miscellaneous)


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