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Title: Caring for someone with dementia : an investigation of factors associated with carer mood
Author: Pulford, Helen Janet
ISNI:       0000 0004 5365 4702
Awarding Body: University of Glasgow
Current Institution: University of Glasgow
Date of Award: 2015
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Objectives. Research indicates that dementia caregivers are at risk of experiencing mental health difficulties. This study examined factors associated with dementia carer anxiety and depression, drawing upon the Stress Process model of Caregiving to explore self-esteem in dementia caregiving. Methods. Dementia caregivers were invited, via the Scottish Dementia Clinical Research Network, to complete a postal survey assessing their gender traits, self-esteem, burden, mental health and care-recipient functioning. Forty-four of 187 caregivers returned questionnaires (24% response rate). Results. Carer burden and daily caregiving hours best predicted differing experiences of anxiety and depression among carers. High self-esteem was associated with lower anxiety and depression. Traits of masculinity and femininity were not significant predictors of psychological distress. A high percentage of the variance in dementia carer anxiety was explained by factors outlined in the Stress Process model. Conclusions. This study provides further evidence that carer burden, self-esteem and daily caregiving hours are important predictors of anxiety and depression in dementia caregivers. This emphasizes that dementia caregivers could benefit from interventions reducing carer burden and enhancing self-esteem.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (D.Clin.Psy.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: BF Psychology