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TitleBurden, coping, physical symptoms and psychological morbidity in caregivers of functionally dependent family members
Author(s)Guedes, Ana Catarina Magalhães Marçal
Pereira, M. Graça
Home Nursing
Family Relations
Issue dateJul-2013
PublisherUniversidade de São Paulo. Escola de Enfermagem de Ribeirão Preto
JournalRevista Latino Americana de Enfermagem
Abstract(s)Objectives: this study assessed burden, coping, physical symptoms and psychological morbidity in caregivers of functionally dependent family members. Methods: fifty family caregivers completed self-reported measures of burden, physical symptoms, psychological morbidity and coping strategies. Results: there was a significant negative correlation between coping strategies and the different clinical variables, as well as a significant positive correlation between coping strategies and duration of care. It appears that the stronger bond between caregiver and family member leads to a poorer use of adaptive coping strategies. It also appears that the deterioration of the relationship between them and the lower perceived self-efficacy are more prominente in caregivers of family members with cognitive impairment, indicating that caregivers with family members without cognitive impairment face fewer difficulties. Conclusion: these results emphasize the need for interventions to include coping strategies, since they are important in reducing caregivers’ burden, psychological morbidity and physical symptoms.
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