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J Health Psychol. 2017 Nov;22(13):1668-1677. doi: 10.1177/1359105316633285. Epub 2016 Mar 3.

The caregiver burden in male romantic partners of women with non-metastatic breast cancer: The protective role of couple satisfaction.

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1
1 University of Geneva, Switzerland.
2
2 University of Applied Sciences and Arts Western Switzerland, Switzerland.
3
3 University Hospital of Lausanne, Switzerland.

Abstract

We examined the evolution of the subjective burden of romantic partners caring for women with non-metastatic breast cancer and investigated the moderating role of couple satisfaction on caring stress. Forty-seven partners filled out questionnaires 3 and 12 months after surgery. Using a stress process model, we examined caring stressors and moderating factors (couple satisfaction, coping and social support) as predictors of subjective burden. Results showed that subjective burden decreases over time and that the couple satisfaction largely explains it above and beyond other influential variables. Partners dissatisfied with their couple relationship are especially vulnerable to the stress of caregiving.

KEYWORDS:

breast cancer; caregiver burden; couple satisfaction; male romantic partner; stress process model

PMID:
26945011
DOI:
10.1177/1359105316633285
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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