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Title: Gaining insight into caregiving experiences and motivations
Author: Williams, Karina Louise
ISNI:       0000 0004 2710 1186
Awarding Body: Bangor University
Current Institution: Bangor University
Date of Award: 2011
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The aim of this thesis is to gain a holistic perspective of caregiving, encapsulating both positive and negative outcomes and possible multivariate predictors. Studies that comprise this thesis represent a mixed methodological, idiographic and nomothetic approach. Five studies including quantitative, qualitative and evidence synthesis designs were conducted. Within a hypothetical survey-based study that aimed to gain an understanding of precaregiving willingness, avoidant type coping predicted less willingness to care. A longitudinal survey-based study sampling actual carers and a systematic review assessing the impact of stable personality on caregiving well-being highlighted that perceived stress, poor carer health and neuroticism predicted negative carer outcomes. Consistent with previous research, in a qualitative cross-sectional study combining Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IP A) and photo-voice, carers had a propensity to report a sense of loss, uncertainty, and strain. Carers also conveyed a sense of optimism. Those who assigned positive meaning to their role reported greater well-being. This technique empowered endurance when faced with adversity. The adoption of this qualitative design longitudinally gauged carers' perspectives of their role as events unfolded over time. In this study carers reported battling between going to extreme lengths to provide care, feeling drained, and desiring an independent lifestyle. Carers who favoured consuming the role subsequently felt more consumed by the role. Independence from the caregiving routine motivated carers to continue providing care. This highlights the motivational benefits of perceiving caregiving positively mediated through increased independence. Perceived ability to fulfil the role was the most proximal indicator of willingness and satisfaction.
Supervisor: Morrison, Valerie Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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