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ERIC Number: EJ835392
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Nov
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1360-2322
Mediators of Well-Being in Ageing Family Carers of Adults with Intellectual Disabilities
Minnes, Patricia; Woodford, Lynn; Passey, Jennifer
Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, v20 n6 p539-552 Nov 2007
Background: Increasing numbers of adults with an intellectual disability are being cared for at home by ageing parents. The purpose of this study was to determine whether carer resources (i.e. social support and formal service use) and carer appraisals of ageing and stress/burden mediate the relationships between (1) maladaptive behaviour and carer depression; (2) carer health and carer depression; (3) maladaptive behaviour and carer quality of life; and (4) carer health and carer quality of life. Methods: Eighty parents over the age of 50 were interviewed using a number of measures concerning their overall health, perceptions of ageing and stress, depression, and their child's maladaptive behaviour. Results: Carer perceptions of ageing and stress emerged as significant mediators of the relationship between carer health and depression. In addition, perceived carer stress emerged as a significant mediator of the relationship between maladaptive behaviour and carer depression. Resources and appraisals did not emerge as significant mediators in analyses using quality of life as a positive outcome. Conclusions: Results highlight the important contributions of appraisals to well-being and raise questions for future research regarding the role of resources such as informal and formal support in the coping process.
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Language: English
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