Strain in Family Caregivers of Older Adults with Chronic Disease

The relationship of caregiver strain with resilience and hardiness in family caregivers of older adults with chronic disease: a cross-sectional study.

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This study examined the relationship between the physical and mental strain experienced by family caregivers of chronically ill older adults and their resilience and hardiness. The study found that resilience and hardiness were inversely correlated with caregiver strain. The findings suggest that increased resilience and hardiness may help reduce the strain experienced by caregivers.

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The relationship of caregiver strain with resilience and hardiness in family caregivers of older adults with chronic disease: a cross-sectional study

Abstract

Family Caregivers

Providing long-term home care to older adults with chronic diseases may endanger the physical, mental, social, and spiritual health of caregivers and lead to care strain.

Objective

This study aimed to assess the relationship of caregiver strain with resilience and hardiness in family caregivers of older adults with chronic disease.

Methodology

This cross-sectional correlational study was conducted in 2020–2021 in Tehran. Participants were 230 family caregivers randomly recruited from 8 urban health care centers. Data were collected using a personal characteristics questionnaire, the Modified Caregiver Strain Index, Connor-Davidson Resilience Scale, Family Hardiness Index, and the data were analyzed by using SPSS 22 version. Pearson’s correlation coefficient was applied for data analysis. P-values 0.05 were considered significant.

Results

A total of 230 caregivers participated in the study. The mean age of participants was (46.65±13.63) years and most of them were female (73.9%). Mean scores of caregiver strain, resilience, and hardiness in family caregivers were 16.23±4.5, 39.89±10.9, and 31.21±7.79, respectively. Pearson correlation showed a significant and inverse correlation between caregiver strain and resilience (r=-0.310, P=0.002), and also a significant and inverse relationship between caregiver strain and hardiness (r=-0.276, P=0.001).

Authors

Ashkan Sorayyanezhad, Nasrin Nikpeyma, Shima Nazari, Farshad Sharifi, Naeimeh Sarkhani

Journal

Published Date

2022-07-11

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.1186/s12912-022-00966-3

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