Psychological detachment and savoring in adaptation to cancer caregiving

Wai Kai HOU, Kam Man Dorothy LAU, Sin Man Mandy NG, Tatia Mei Chun LEE, Hester Yui Shan CHEUNG, Tracy Chui Yu SHUM, Ashley Chi Kin CHENG

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Abstract

Background: Recovery experience including psychological detachment from caregiving and savoring positive moments in life could be complementary coping processes for cancer caregivers. This study aims to examine the nature of their associations with caregiving burden and anxiety and depressive symptoms among Chinese cancer caregivers in Hong Kong. Methods: A total of 155 Chinese caregivers of recently diagnosed cancer patients (mean time since diagnosis=42.57 days, SD=39.25) were recruited from two major government-funded hospitals and administered a questionnaire assessing psychological detachment, savoring, caregiving burden, anxiety and depressive symptoms, and demographics. Results: Controlling for demographic and medical covariates, structural equation modeling revealed significant associations of detachment, savoring, and their interaction term with caregiving burden and anxiety and depressive symptoms. Detachment and savoring were inversely associated with caregiving burden only when the other was at lower/medium levels. Detachment was inversely associated with anxiety and depressive symptoms at lower/medium levels of savoring, but savoring was inversely associated with anxiety and depressive symptoms across all levels of detachment. Conclusions: Detachment and savoring could overshadow the positive impact of the other on caregiving burden if either one is at higher levels, while they could demonstrate concurrent positive impact on burden when both are at lower/medium levels. Savoring could have a prioritized role in ameliorating caregivers' anxiety and depressive symptoms, supplemented by detachment. Copyright © 2015 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)839-847
JournalPsycho-Oncology
Volume25
Issue number7
Early online dateOct 2015
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2016

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Anxiety
Depression
Psychology
Caregivers
Neoplasms
Demography
Hong Kong
Nuclear Family

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Hou, W. K., Lau, K. M., Ng, S. M., Lee, T. M. C., Cheung, H. Y. S., Shum, T. C. Y., et al. (2016). Psychological detachment and savoring in adaptation to cancer caregiving. Psycho-Oncology, 25(7), 839-847.