Quality of life and well-being of carers of people with dementia: are there differences between working and nonworking carers? Results from the IDEAL program

Clarke, Rachel, Farina, Nicolas, Chen, Henglien Lisa and Rusted, Jennifer M (2020) Quality of life and well-being of carers of people with dementia: are there differences between working and nonworking carers? Results from the IDEAL program. Journal of Applied Gerontology. pp. 1-11. ISSN 0733-4648

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Abstract

The aim of this study was to identify the differences in quality of life (QoL) and well-being between working and nonworking dementia carers and the relative contribution of psychological characteristics, caregiving experience, and social support. Multiple regressions modeled the contribution of working status, caregiver experiences, and psychological and social resources to carer QoL (EQ-5D) and well-being (WHO-5). After controlling for age, gender, carer–dyad relationship, and 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. 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: 27 Jan 2021 15:30
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/90458

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