In developed countries, the increase in ageing and dependency has increased the need for long-term care. In these countries most long-term care is provided by the family. Caring for an older adult dependent may impact the caregiver’s health with negative consequences related to emotional health, especially depression and anxiety. Research conducted by our group within the topic Family caregivers has explored this phenomenon.
The purpose of this study was to analyze the multidimensional nature of obligation and the relations between each dimension of obligation and both anxiety and depression. For this purpose, a secondary analysis of data from two cross-sectional studies of primary home caregivers of older adult relatives in Spain was performed. Data regarding obligation, stressor, anxiety and depression were collected by interview in 2013.
Some of the main findings:
The above findings support the following recommendations for nursing practice:
The full text is available at: del-Pino-Casado R, López-Martínez C, Serrano-Ortega N, Pastor-Bravo MdM, Parra-Anguita L. Obligation and negative consequences in primary caregivers of dependent older relatives. PLoS ONE. 2018; 13 (9): e0203790.