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Title: Association between Sense of Coherence and Mental Health in Caregivers of Older Adults
Authors: López-Martínez, Catalina
Serrano-Ortega, Natalia
Moreno-Cámara, Sara
del-Pino-Casado, Rafael
Abstract: The purpose of this study was to analyze association between sense of coherence and perceived burden, anxiety, depression, and quality of life in caregivers of older adults. A cross-sectional study was carried out with a probabilistic sample of 132 caregivers of older relatives from the regions of Jaén, Spain. The measures assessed were sense of coherence (Life Orientation Questionnaire), subjective burden (Caregiver Strain Index of Robinson), anxiety and depression (Goldberg Scale), and quality of life (Health Questionnaire SF-12). The main analyses included bivariate analysis using Pearson’s correlation coefficient and multivariate analysis through canonical correlation analysis. Our findings show that the sense of coherence explained 50.8% of the variance shared between subjective burden, anxiety, depression, and quality of life. We highlighted manageability as the variable within the dimensions of the sense of coherence with the greatest participation in the model. The sense of coherence may be an important protective factor for the mental health of the caregiver of dependent elderly relatives.
Keywords: caregivers
older people
sense of coherence
subjective burden
quality of life
Issue Date: 9-Oct-2019
Publisher: MDPI
Citation: López-Martínez C, Serrano-Ortega N, Moreno-Cámara S, Del-Pino-Casado R. Association between Sense of Coherence Associated with Mental Health in Caregivers of Older Adults. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2019 Oct 9;16(20):3800. doi: 10.3390/ijerph16203800. PMID: 31601018; PMCID: PMC6843852.
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