Coping Strategies and Caregiving Outcomes Among Rural Dementia Caregivers

Arizona State University, Phoenix, USA.
Journal of Gerontological Social Work 08/2010; 53(6):547-67. DOI: 10.1080/01634372.2010.496823
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We studied the coping styles by which family caregivers living in rural areas of Alabama deal with the demands of caring for an older relative with dementia. Data were obtained from a sample of 141 caregivers through the random-digit dialing telephone survey. Two coping styles were identified: deliberate coping and avoidance coping. Deliberate coping was related to higher life satisfaction scores and, avoidance coping was related to lower life satisfaction scores and higher caregiver burden scores. Avoidance coping appeared to moderate the effects of caregiver health on caregiver burden. Social workers should pay greater attention to caregivers with dysfunctional coping styles.

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