Informal Caregiving for a Person with Dementia: The Role of Social and Psychological Capital: Informal Caregiving for a Person with Dementia

Anne Marie McMahon, T CASSIDY

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Abstract

Background: The demands associated with informal caregiving for a person with dementia have been shown to lead to high levels of stress in caregivers. This not only has serious consequences for caregiver health but also reduces their effectiveness as a caregiver.
The aim of this study was to explore these issues and to investigate the potential mediation impact of social and psychological capital.
Method: A cross-sectional survey using questionnaire date collection was completed by 326 family caregivers for a person with dementia, recruited through support groups and day-care centres.
Results: Analysis revealed significant associations between psychological well-being, met/unmet needs, psychological capital and social support. Psychological capital and social support appear to mediate the relationships between the demands of care giving and other outcomes.
Conclusions: Findings indicate the importance of provision of appropriate supports to caregivers and boosting caregiver psychological capital and social support.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-7
Number of pages7
JournalJOJ Nurse Health Care
Volume10
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 3 Jan 2019

Keywords

  • Caregiver;
  • Psychological capital,
  • Social support
  • Unmet needs;
  • Psychological well-being

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