There are an estimated 400,000 people with multiple sclerosis (MS) in the United States. Many rely on an informal caregiver for assistance. Caregivers are more likely than non-caregivers to report feelings of social isolation. Rural MS caregivers are especially prone to these feelings of isolation. We conducted in-depth interviews with rural caregivers of veterans with MS and used a grounded theory approach to data collection and analysis to illustrate some properties and dimensions of social isolation in a rural MS caregiving sample. These properties include: isolation and the rural environment; isolation from family; isolation from friends; and isolation from the person for whom they provide care.
Hinojosa, Ramon, Melanie Hinojosa, and Toni Chiara. 2014. "Rural Caregivers and Social Isolation: Some Properties and Dimensions." Journal of Rural Social Sciences, 29(2): Article 2. Available at: https://egrove.olemiss.edu/jrss/vol29/iss2/2