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Relationship Orientation, Quality of Prior Relationship, and Distress Among Caregivers of Alzheimer's Patients

Relationship Orientation, Quality of Prior Relationship, and Distress Among Caregivers of... Communal orientation and closeness of the caregiver–patient relationship were investigated as predictors of distress among caregivers of Alzheimer's patients. Persons high in communal orientation were less depressed than those low in communal orientation. Caregivers reporting a close relationship with the patient before illness onset felt less burdened than those whose relationship had not been close. Communal orientation interacted with closeness when data were analyzed separately for men and women. Among men, being low in communal orientation and having a relatively poor prior relationship were associated with the highest levels of depression, levels that put them at risk for clinical depression. Among women low in communal orientation, higher levels of depression were related to having a close prior relationship with the patient. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Psychology and Aging American Psychological Association

Relationship Orientation, Quality of Prior Relationship, and Distress Among Caregivers of Alzheimer's Patients

Psychology and Aging , Volume 5 (4): 8 – Dec 1, 1990

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Publisher
American Psychological Association
Copyright
Copyright © 1990 American Psychological Association
ISSN
0882-7974
eISSN
1939-1498
DOI
10.1037/0882-7974.5.4.502
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Abstract

Communal orientation and closeness of the caregiver–patient relationship were investigated as predictors of distress among caregivers of Alzheimer's patients. Persons high in communal orientation were less depressed than those low in communal orientation. Caregivers reporting a close relationship with the patient before illness onset felt less burdened than those whose relationship had not been close. Communal orientation interacted with closeness when data were analyzed separately for men and women. Among men, being low in communal orientation and having a relatively poor prior relationship were associated with the highest levels of depression, levels that put them at risk for clinical depression. Among women low in communal orientation, higher levels of depression were related to having a close prior relationship with the patient.

Journal

Psychology and AgingAmerican Psychological Association

Published: Dec 1, 1990

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