Quality of life and wellbeing of carers of people with dementia: are there differences between working and non-working carers? Results from the IDEAL Programme

Clarke, R, Farina, N, Chen, H L and Rusted, J M (2020) Quality of life and wellbeing of carers of people with dementia: are there differences between working and non-working carers? Results from the IDEAL Programme. Journal of Applied Gerontology. ISSN 0733-4648 (Accepted)

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Abstract

Objectives: To identify differences in quality of life and wellbeing between working and non-working dementia carers and the relative contribution of psychological characteristics, care-giving experience and social support.

Methods: Multiple regressions modelled the contribution of working status, caregiver experiences, psychological and social resources to carer QoL (EQ-5D) and wellbeing (WHO-5).

Results: After controlling for age, gender, carer-dyad relationship, severity of dementia, working status contributed significant variance to EQ-5D (2%) but not to WHO-5 scores. Independent of working status, higher self-esteem and reduced stress contributed to variance in both models. Self-efficacy, social support and positive perceptions of caregiving additionally contributed to higher WHO-5 scores.

Conclusion: Working status associated with higher EQ-5D QoL; this may reflect the sustained sense of independence associated with supported work opportunities for carers. Outside of working status, the findings support the importance of psychological and social factors as targets to improved mental health for dementia carers.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: Brighton and Sussex Medical School > Neuroscience
School of Education and Social Work > Social Work and Social Care
School of Psychology > Psychology
SWORD Depositor: Mx Elements Account
Depositing User: Mx Elements Account
Date Deposited: 18 Mar 2020 09:51
Last Modified: 26 May 2020 13:51
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/90458

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