Examining pathways of the caregiver burden - health relationship in family caregivers of elderly veterans: the importance of caregiver self-efficacy and social support

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dc.contributor Allen, Rebecca S.
dc.contributor Simpson, Gaynell M.
dc.contributor.advisor Parmelee, Patricia A.
dc.contributor.author Scicolone, Monica Alexandra
dc.date.accessioned 2019-02-12T14:31:39Z
dc.date.available 2019-02-12T14:31:39Z
dc.date.issued 2018
dc.identifier.other u0015_0000001_0003225
dc.identifier.other Scicolone_alatus_0004M_13653
dc.identifier.uri http://ir.ua.edu/handle/123456789/5408
dc.description Electronic Thesis or Dissertation
dc.description.abstract The current study examines the constructs of caregiver burden, self-efficacy, perceived social support, and well-being (physical health and depression) in caregivers of veterans to obtain a better understanding of their interrelationships among this unique population of family caregivers. Much of the literature on family caregivers identifies relationships between burden and both physical and mental health. For informal, untrained, family caregivers, perceived capability in caring for a loved one can strongly affect health outcomes. Additionally, as family caregivers have unique added stressors and vulnerabilities, perceived social support is an important component that impacts the burden-wellbeing relationship. Although there is a substantial amount of research on these important constructs of caregiving (burden, self-efficacy, social support), few studies have examined how these three constructs specifically work together to influence caregiver physical and mental health. Analyses confirmed three hypotheses: burden significantly predicts depression, self-efficacy mediates the relationship between burden and depression, and this mediating effect is solely driven by self-soothing self-efficacy, as compared to instrumental and relational self-efficacy. Analyses for the moderated mediation model disconfirm both hypotheses that perceived social support moderates associations of burden and self-efficacy, and burden on depression.
dc.format.extent 48 p.
dc.format.medium electronic
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language English
dc.language.iso en_US
dc.publisher University of Alabama Libraries
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Electronic Theses and Dissertations
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Libraries Digital Collections
dc.relation.hasversion born digital
dc.rights All rights reserved by the author unless otherwise indicated.
dc.subject.other Clinical psychology
dc.subject.other Gerontology
dc.title Examining pathways of the caregiver burden - health relationship in family caregivers of elderly veterans: the importance of caregiver self-efficacy and social support
dc.type thesis
dc.type text
etdms.degree.department University of Alabama. Department of Psychology
etdms.degree.discipline Psychology
etdms.degree.grantor The University of Alabama
etdms.degree.level master's
etdms.degree.name M.A.


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