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Dynamics in cancer caregiver's health over time: Gender-specific patterns and determinants

Nijboer, C., Triemstra, M., Sanderman, R. & van den Bos, G. A. M., 2001, In : Psychology & Health. 16, 4, p. 471-488 18 p.

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This study examined patterns and determinants of three dimensions of caregiver's health of newly diagnosed colorectal cancer patients, i.e. physical, mental and social functioning (N = 148). Physical functioning declined within a 6-month period in female caregivers, while no change was observed in male caregivers. For mental and social functioning, an improvement was observed in male and female caregivers. Change in physical functioning was associated with gender, age, income and initial level. Change in mental functioning was predicted by initial status and positive as well as negative caregiver experiences, Change in social functioning was mainly predicted by initial level and change in patient's dependency. Physical and mental functioning showed the least favorable patterns in female caregivers. The study shows that caregiving may lead to positive health consequences, and underlines the importance of making a distinction between male and female caregivers and of studying caregiver outcomes by using multidimensional assessments.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)471-488
Number of pages18
JournalPsychology & Health
Volume16
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2001

    Keywords

  • cancer, caregivers, gender, physical functioning, mental functioning, social functioning, REACTION ASSESSMENT CRA, QUALITY-OF-LIFE, MENTAL-HEALTH, PSYCHOMETRIC QUALITIES, LONGITUDINAL CHANGES, DEMENTIA CAREGIVERS, SPOUSAL CAREGIVERS, FAMILY CAREGIVERS, SOCIAL SUPPORT, STRESS PROCESS

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