Individual differences in the experience of burden in caring for relatives with dementia: role of personality and mastery
Helmes, Edward, Green, Bev, and Almeida, Osvaldo P. (2005) Individual differences in the experience of burden in caring for relatives with dementia: role of personality and mastery. Australasian Journal on Ageing, 24 (4). pp. 202-206.
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Objective: We explored individual differences in caregiver outcome according to the personality and behavioural style of the carer. Current models of caregiver burden fail to consider such factors.
Methods: This cross-sectional, exploratory study used carer variables of personality traits and mastery and patient variables of cognitive, functional and neurobehavioural status to predict scores on an established measure of burden in a sample of 51 people with dementia and their carers.
Results: Hierarchical multiple regression showed a significant association between behavioural disturbance and neuroticism and burden, but not with mastery.
Conclusions: The primary findings in this study are that models of caregiver outcome need to take an individual differences perspective in accounting for caregiver mental health risk factors: personality characteristics do play a part in the way caregivers manage this difficult role.
|Item Type:||Article (Refereed Research - C1)|
|Keywords:||activities of daily living; caregivers; cognition; personality; psychosocial factors|
|FoR Codes:||17 PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES > 1701 Psychology > 170102 Developmental Psychology and Ageing @ 100%|
|SEO Codes:||92 HEALTH > 9205 Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health) > 920502 Health Related to Ageing @ 100%|
|Deposited On:||24 Dec 2009 09:42|
|Last Modified:||13 Feb 2011 03:59|
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