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Rewards of caregiving and coping strategies of caregivers of patients with mental illness.
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PMID:  23203418     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: The study sought to broaden the focus of research on caregivers' burden by examining caregiving rewards and their relation to coping skills.
METHODS: Data from semistructured interviews with 60 family caregivers of patients with mental illness in Germany were examined by content analysis. Information was gathered with the Freiburg Questionnaire on Coping With Illness. Both t tests and regression analyses were used to analyze data.
RESULTS: Caregivers made 413 statements about rewards, which were assigned to six categories. "Gratitude and affection from the patient" was the most frequently cited, and "active, problem-oriented coping" was the coping strategy most used. Three variables predicted identification of a greater number of rewards, explaining 39% of variance: "increased religiousness and searching for meaning," "caregiver's younger age," and "more statements about burden."
CONCLUSIONS: To support caregivers, a shift in orientation from focusing on burden to emphasizing resources is necessary.
Rita Bauer; Linda Sterzinger; Franziska Koepke; Hermann Spiessl
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Psychiatric services (Washington, D.C.)     Volume:  64     ISSN:  1557-9700     ISO Abbreviation:  Psychiatr Serv     Publication Date:  2013 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2013-02-01     Completed Date:  2013-07-16     Revised Date:  2014-03-25    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9502838     Medline TA:  Psychiatr Serv     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  185-8     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Adaptation, Psychological*
Attitude to Health
Caregivers / psychology*
Interpersonal Relations*
Mental Disorders / nursing*
Middle Aged
Problem Solving
Qualitative Research
Regression Analysis
Sense of Coherence
Social Support

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