Family Caregivers of Stroke Survivors: Characteristics of Caregivers at Risk for Depression

Joan S. Grant, Michael Weaver, Timothy R. Elliott, Alfred A. Bartolucci, Joyce Newman Giger

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Abstract

Objective: To examine characteristics that best predict family caregivers of stroke survivors at risk for depression. Survivor and caregiver demographic variables and caregiver general health, problem-solving skills, social support, satisfaction with rehabilitation health care services, preparedness, and burden were examined. Design: A correlational design. Participants: Seventy-four family caregivers of individuals receiving inpatient stroke rehabilitation were interviewed 1-2 days prior to their relative's discharge. Main Outcome Measure: The Center for Epidemiologic Studies Depression Scale (L. S. Radloff, 1977). Results: Caregivers at risk for depression had a negative orientation toward solving problems, a lack of caregiver preparedness, and impaired social functioning secondary to their own health. Conclusions: Rehabilitation psychologists should be aware that these variables are important in predicting family caregivers of stroke survivors at risk for depression.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)172-179
Number of pages8
JournalRehabilitation Psychology
Volume49
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1 2004

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Rehabilitation
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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