Wellbeing in long-term primary carers: biopsychosocial outcomes

Buschkens, Jane, Graham, Deborah G., and Cottrell, David (2008) Wellbeing in long-term primary carers: biopsychosocial outcomes. In: Proceedings of the 43rd APS Annual Conference (60), pp. 1-5. From: Psychology Leading Change, 23-27 September 2008, Hobart, TAS, Australia.

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Abstract

Carers are vital to sustaining the independence and optimal functioning of some of the most vulnerable members of the community, yet carers themselves are at risk of poor health and wellbeing outcomes. Indeed, carers often subjugate their own needs in order to fulfill their caring role. This study examined wellbeing outcomes in long-term primary carers. The consequences of providing extended informal care were investigated using a mixed methodology, including questionnaires, saliva sampling and individual interviews. Carers and age and gender matched non-carers were compared across stress, distress, and subjective wellbeing as well as sleep variables and stress hormones. The findings are used to explore the biopsychosocial bases of carer wellbeing. This research has the potential to inform policy on the growing population of Australian carers and to add to the developing wellbeing literature.

Item ID: 7697
Item Type: Conference Item (Refereed Research Paper - E1)
Keywords: carer; mental health; stress
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ISBN: 973-0-909881-36-8
Date Deposited: 18 Feb 2010 05:36
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111714 Mental Health @ 90%
22 PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES > 2201 Applied Ethics > 220199 Applied Ethics not elsewhere classified @ 10%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920202 Carer Health @ 100%
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