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Psychol Aging. 2004 Sep;19(3):394-401.

Health-related stress, affect, and depressive symptoms experienced by caregiving mothers of adults with a developmental disability.

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Initiatives on Aging, Boston College, Boston, MA, USA. pruchnra@umdnj.edu

Abstract

The interrelationships among health-related stress, positive and negative affect, and depressive symptoms patterned in the dynamic model of affect (J. Reich, A. Zautra, & M. Davis, 2003) were examined using data from 932 women having an adult child with a developmental disability. Results indicate that women experience a moderate inverse correlation between positive and negative affect under conditions of low levels of health-related stress, whereas at high levels of stress, positive and negative affect become more strongly inversely correlated. Under high-stress conditions, both negative affect and positive affect have a stronger relationship to depressive symptoms than they do under low-stress conditions.

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15382990
DOI:
10.1037/0882-7974.19.3.394
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