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Rev Lat Am Enfermagem. 2013 Jul-Aug;21(4):935-40. doi: 10.1590/S0104-11692013000400015.

Burden, coping, physical symptoms and psychological morbidity in caregivers of functionally dependent family members.

[Article in English, Portuguese, Spanish]

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Escola de Psicologia, Universidade do Minho, Braga, Portugal.

Abstract

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 prominent 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.

PMID:
23970231
DOI:
10.1590/S0104-11692013000400015
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