Predicting personal self-care in informal caregivers

Natalie Pope, Jarod Giger, Jacquelyn Lee, Gretchen Ely

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Abstract

Caregiver research often focuses on negative health outcomes, yet little is known about the self-care practices of caregivers. The present study investigates self-care practices among family caregivers and the relationships between personal self-care, perceived stress, and other health variables. Data were collected from informal caregivers through self-administered Internet and paper surveys that included the Medical Outcomes Study Short Form 36-item Health Survey, Perceived Stress Scale, and Self-Care Practices Scale. Personal self-care was most strongly associated with emotional well-being, pain, perceived stress, and general health. The relevance of study findings to strengthening family caregiver programs and future research is discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)822-839
Number of pages18
JournalSocial Work in Health Care
Volume56
Issue number9
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 21 2017

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© 2017 Taylor & Francis.

Keywords

  • Family caregivers
  • general health
  • self-care
  • stress
  • wellbeing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Community and Home Care
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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