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Burden, rewards, and coping--the ups and downs of caregivers of people with mental illness.
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PMID:  23124175     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Besides burden, we need to examine potential rewards of caregiving and coping strategies to determine effective means of supporting caregivers of people with mental illness. Therefore, we conducted semistructured interviews with 60 caregivers of patients with mental illness and analyzed the transcripts with a summarizing content analysis. The interviews focused on negative and positive aspects of providing care and on coping strategies; the latter was also evaluated with the Freiburg Questionnaire on Coping with Illness. The caregivers named 787 individual statements of burden and 413 individual statements of rewards. A factor analysis of the rewards identified growth in character as the main factor. The items with the highest factor loading are increase in self-confidence, inner strength, maturity, and life experience. Linear regression and regression tree analysis identified predictors for caregiver burden. To effectively reduce the burden on caregivers, we need knowledge about their concrete burdens. However, to optimize resource orientation, we must also pay much more attention to the potential rewards of caring.
Rita Bauer; Franziska Koepke; Linda Sterzinger; Hermann Spiessl
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Journal of nervous and mental disease     Volume:  200     ISSN:  1539-736X     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Nerv. Ment. Dis.     Publication Date:  2012 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-11-05     Completed Date:  2013-01-14     Revised Date:  2014-03-25    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0375402     Medline TA:  J Nerv Ment Dis     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  928-34     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
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MeSH Terms
Adaptation, Psychological*
Bipolar Disorder / psychology,  therapy
Caregivers / psychology*
Cost of Illness*
Depressive Disorder, Major / psychology,  therapy
Interview, Psychological
Mental Disorders / psychology*,  therapy*
Middle Aged
Personality Disorders / psychology,  therapy
Problem Solving
Schizophrenia / therapy
Schizophrenic Psychology
Social Support

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