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Title: Caring and coping: the dementia caregivers
Authors: Papastavrou, Evridiki
Efstathiou, Georgios
Tsangari, Haritini
Karayiannis, George
Scientific Field: Medical and Health Sciences
Scientific Field: Health Sciences
Subjects: Caring
Caregivers
Alzheimer's disease
Issue Date: 2011
Publisher: Routledge
Citation: Aging & mental health, 2011, Volume 15, Issue 6, Pages 702-711
Abstract: Objectives: Caring for a family member with Alzheimer's disease is associated with increased burden and depression. Effective coping with the hardships and demands of caring may help to sustain the caregiver and lessen the effect of the stressors. The objective of this study was to examine caregivers’ coping styles and the relationship with reported levels of burden and depression. Method: A cross-sectional correlation study was employed. One hundred and seventy-two caregivers of patients suffering from Alzheimer's type dementia participated in the study. All patients were recruited from neurology clinics. The Greek versions of four measuring instruments used were: the Memory and Behaviour Problem Checklist, the Burden Interview, the Centre for Epidemiological studies-Depression scale and the Ways of Coping Questionnaire. Results: Positive coping is negatively correlated with burden (r = −0.20) and wishful thinking strategies were related positively (r = 0.16). The relation between depression and positive coping strategies is highly significant (p < 0.01), whereas for burden the relation is significant (p < 0.05). Regression analyses showed that positive coping strategies are the most powerful, both in terms of predicting depression levels, and also in terms of moderating the effect of burden on depression. Conclusion: Positive coping approaches need to be developed by caregivers so as to continue their caring role
Type: Article
ISSN: 1360-7863
1364-6915
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13607863.2011.562178
Rights: © 2011 Taylor & Francis
Affiliation: Cyprus University of Technology
University of Nicosia
European University
Country: Cyprus
Journal Type: Subscription Journal
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