Social support and well-being in dementia family caregivers: The mediating role of self-efficacy

Alma AU, Man-Kin LAI, Kam Mei Kammy LAU, Pey-Chyon PAN, Linda LAM, Larry THOMPSON, Dolores GALLAGHER-THOMPSON

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Abstract

Objectives: The study investigated self-efficacy as a possible mediator of the relationship between the social support and depressive symptoms of primarily informal caregivers, mainly family members, of patients with dementia in Hong Kong.

Method: One hundred and thirty-four caregivers were interviewed. Path analyses were conducted using a self-efficacy scale that consists of three subscales assessing three domains of caregiving self-efficacy. Self-efficacy for obtaining respite, responding to disruptive patient behaviours, and controlling upsetting thoughts about caregiving were measured.

Results: Results showed that self-efficacy acted as a partial mediator between social support and depressive symptoms of these caregivers.

Conclusion: Findings suggest that self-efficacy may function as a mechanism through which social support influences depressive symptoms, and the importance of this self-efficacy mechanism can be domain-specific. Copyright © 2009 Taylor & Francis.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)761-768
JournalAging & Mental Health
Volume13
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2009

Citation

Au, A., Lai, M.-K., Lau, K.-M., Pan, P.-C., Lam, L., Thompson, L., & Gallagher-Thompson, D. (2009). Social support and well-being in dementia family caregivers: The mediating role of self-efficacy. Aging & Mental Health, 13(5), 761-768. doi: 10.1080/13607860902918223

Keywords

  • Social support
  • Well-being
  • Dementia
  • Caregivers
  • Self-efficacy

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