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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Abstract

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 ID: 5849
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1741-6612
Keywords: activities of daily living; caregivers; cognition; personality; psychosocial factors
Date Deposited: 23 Dec 2009 23:42
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%
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