The nature and impact of caring for family members with a disability in Australia

Research Report No. 16 – June 2008

List of figures

  • Figure 2.1 Number of recipients of Carer Payment and Carer Allowance, 1999-2000 to 2006-07
  • Figure 2.2 Expenditure on Carer Payment and Carer Allowance, 1999-2000 to 2006-07
  • Figure 3.1 The FCPDS computer-assisted telephone (CATI) interview process and results
  • Figure 4.1 Age of female and male carers surveyed
  • Figure 4.2 Equivalised household weekly income for carers' households, by payment type
  • Figure 4.3 Financial hardships in carers' families, by type of hardship and caring responsibilities
  • Figure 6.1 People with a disability receiving support from others in addition to the primary carer, by type of support and number of supporters
  • Figure 6.2 Carers receiving support from others, by type of support and number of supporters
  • Figure 6.3 Support needs of carers, by estimates from ABS 2003 SDAC and 2006 FCPDS
  • Figure 6.4 Disagreements about caring for the person with a disability, by number of supporters
  • Figure 6.5 Support provided to the carer and person with a disability, by level of cooperation
  • Figure 6.6 Support people to the carer from outside the household
  • Figure 6.7 Total number of supporters for the carer and person with a disability
  • Figure 6.8 Number of supporters, by carers' gender
  • Figure 6.9 Satisfaction with relationship with and between family members, by relationship and caring status
  • Figure 6.10 Family functioning of carers, by statements of family functioning and level of agreement
  • Figure 6.11 Families with problems of family functioning, by type of disability and number of problems
  • Figure 6.12 Families with problems of family functioning, by level of care needs and number of problems
  • Figure 6.13 Relationship separation of female carers, by age group
  • Figure 6.14 Likelihood of relationship separation, by years since started caring
  • Figure 6.15 Intact partner relationships of carers not caring for a partner, by years since starting caring
  • Figure 6.16 Reports by carers not caring for a partner of significant increase in arguments, by years since starting caring
  • Figure 6.17 Reports by carers not caring for a partner of no significant increase in arguments, by years since starting caring
  • Figure 7.1 Carer's reports of emotional and physical effects of caring
  • Figure 8.1 Average levels of mental health and vitality, by caring status
  • Figure 8.2 Average levels of mental health, by gender and caring status
  • Figure 8.3 Clinical levels of depression over last 4 weeks, by gender and caring status
  • Figure 8.4 Comparison of depression of carers with prevalence rates among the general population, by gender
  • Figure 8.5 Reports of carers' first depressive episode, by years since starting caring
  • Figure 8.6 Mental health of females, by age and caring status
  • Figure 8.7 Vitality of females, by age and caring status
  • Figure 8.8 Incidence of depression in the past 4 weeks for females, by age and caring status
  • Figure 8.9 Mental health and vitality of carers, by whether they care for a child
  • Figure 8.10 Incidence of carers' depression, by whether they care for a child
  • Figure 8.11 Carers' mental health and vitality, by care needs
  • Figure 8.12 Carers' depression, by care needs
  • Figure 8.13 Mental health and vitality of carers, by number of people cared for
  • Figure 8.14 Incidence of carers' depression, by number of people cared for
  • Figure 8.15 Carers' mental health and vitality, by additional care roles
  • Figure 8.16 Carers' depression, by additional care roles
  • Figure 8.17 Carers' mental health and vitality, by number of problems in family functioning
  • Figure 8.18 Carers' depression, by number of problems in family functioning
  • Figure 8.19 Carers' mental health, by type of support and number of people providing support
  • Figure 8.20 Carers' vitality, by type of support and number of people providing support
  • Figure 8.21 Carers' depression, by type of support and number of people providing support
  • Figure 8.22 Carers mental health and vitality, by level of need for support
  • Figure 8.23 Carers' depression, by level need for support
  • Figure 8.24 Carers' depression, by number of household members with depression
  • Figure 9.1 Family members' experience of depression
  • Figure 9.2 Carers' partners' experience of depression, by disability status and gender
  • Figure 9.3 Carers' offsprings' experience of depression, by disability status and gender
  • Figure 9.4 Carers' parents' experience of depression, by disability status and gender
  • Figure 9.5 Reports of first depressive episodes for family members with and without a disabling condition, by years since started caring
  • Figure 9.6 Carers' partners' experience of depression, by partners' age and disability status
  • Figure 9.7 Carers' offsprings' experience of depression, by age and disability status
  • Figure 9.8 Family members' experience of depression, by disability status and whether carer was depressed in the last 4 weeks
  • Figure 9.9 Family members' experience of depression, by disability status and whether carer has been depressed for 6 months since starting caring
  • Figure 9.10 Family members' experience of depression and family functioning problems, by disability status and number of problems
  • Figure 10.1 Level of physical health, by caring status
  • Figure 10.2 Incidence of poor physical health, by gender and caring status
  • Figure 10.3 Incidence of poor physical health, by age and caring status
  • Figure 10.4 Incidence of poor physical health of carers, by care needs
  • Figure 10.5 Incidence of poor physical health of carers, by number of people with a disability cared for
  • Figure 10.6 Incidence of poor physical health of carers, by perceptions of support needed
  • Figure 10.7 Incidence of poor physical health of carers, by number of family functioning problems