Predictors of emotional distress, general health, and caregiving outcomes in family caregivers of stroke survivors

Tamilyn Bakas, Sandy C. Burgener

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Abstract

Predictors of emotional distress, general health, and stroke-related caregiving outcomes were determined in 104 family caregivers of stroke survivors based on a conceptual model derived from Lazarus' theory of stress and coping. Predictors of emotional distress (R2 = .48, p < .001) were low caregiver self-esteem, high task difficulty, and high threat appraisal. Predictors of poorer health (R2 = .25, p < .001) were not living with the patient, low household income, and high threat appraisal. Predictors of poor stroke-related caregiving outcomes (R2 = .45, p < .001) were emotional distress, low benefit appraisal, high task difficulty, and high threat appraisal. Findings suggest potential areas for multidimensional caregiver interventions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)34-45
Number of pages12
JournalTopics in Stroke Rehabilitation
Volume9
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2002

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Keywords

  • Caregivers
  • Health status
  • Outcome
  • Stress
  • Stroke

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Rehabilitation

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