Personal mastery attenuates the effect of caregiving stress on psychiatric morbidity

Mausbach, Brent T; Patterson, Thomas L; von Känel, Roland; Mills, Paul J; Ancoli-Israel, Sonia; Dimsdale, Joel E; Grant, Igor (2006). Personal mastery attenuates the effect of caregiving stress on psychiatric morbidity. Journal of nervous and mental disease, 194(2), pp. 132-4. Baltimore, Md.: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins 10.1097/01.nmd.0000198198.21928.e7

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This study examined the protective effects of personal mastery on the relations between both objective and subjective stress and psychiatric morbidity in 79 spousal Alzheimer caregivers. Results indicated that with low mastery, the relations between patient problem behaviors and caregiver psychiatric symptoms was significant (t[71] = 2.03; p = 0.046). However, with high mastery, no significant association was found (t[71] = -0.76; p = 0.452). Similarly, the relations between role overload and psychiatric morbidity was significant when mastery was low (t[71] = 2.22; p = 0.029), but not high (t[71] = -1.49; p = 0.140). These results suggest that caregivers with a greater sense of personal mastery may be protected from the negative effects of caregiver stress.

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04 Faculty of Medicine > Department of Head Organs and Neurology (DKNS) > Clinic of Neurology > Centre of Competence for Psychosomatic Medicine

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von Känel, Roland






Lippincott Williams & Wilkins




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04 Oct 2013 14:50

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17 Mar 2015 21:52

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