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Long-term care-giving: a short-term longitudinal examination of the experiences of women caring for adults with intellectual disabilities

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Rowbotham, M and Cuskelly, MM and Carroll, A, Long-term care-giving: a short-term longitudinal examination of the experiences of women caring for adults with intellectual disabilities, Journal of Alternative Medicine Research, 3, (1) pp. 73-90. ISSN 1939-5868 (2011) [Refereed Article]

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Abstract

Most adults with intellectual disabilities are cared for across their life-spans by their families. The processes that link long-term care-giving to the psychological functioning of family care-givers is unclear, as most research is cross-sectional, preventing the study of how care-giving demands, satisfactions, and coping strategy usage impact upon care-giver well-being. Objective: Examine the course of coping and the relationships of caregiving stressors and satisfaction for carers of adults with an intellectual disability. Study group and methods: Four female carers were interviewed for five consecutive months, and questionnaire and interview data collected, to examine whether their appraisals of these variables changed over time. Results: Data revealed direct relationships between care-giving difficulties and satisfactions, as well as evidence that for some individuals there was development of competence in meeting the demands of care-giving as carers aged whereas for others, the demands of care-giving depleted their resources. Conclusion: These results suggest that cross-sectional studies may provide an incomplete picture and may overlook the cumulative impact of stressors, as well as the role of satisfactions and resources, upon care-giversí well-being.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:adults, intellectual disability, carers, stress, coping
Research Division:Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
Research Group:Psychology
Research Field:Developmental Psychology and Ageing
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Health and Support Services
Objective Field:Carer Health
Author:Cuskelly, MM (Professor Monica Cuskelly)
ID Code:120396
Year Published:2011
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2017-08-23
Last Modified:2017-11-02
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