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ERIC Number: EJ941184
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Sep
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 53
ISSN: ISSN-0022-1465
Violence and the Costs of Caring for a Family Member with Severe Mental Illness
Thompson, Maxine Seaborn
Journal of Health and Social Behavior, v48 n3 p318-333 Sep 2007
Drawing on the stress paradigm and using data from the Duke Mental Health Study, this paper investigates the links between violence by and against persons with severe mental illness and their caregivers' financial burden (e.g., number of financial contributions and perceived financial strain). In addition to violence, substance use and medication noncompliance are included in a series of multivariate regression models predicting caregiver financial burden that include measures for disruptive behaviors, personal needs, social supports, and caregiver characteristics. The findings show that violent perpetration and violent victimization increase the number of financial contributions and perceived financial strain. Nonviolent victimization, in contrast, decreases caregiver financial burden. Number of financial contributions and perceived financial strain are greatest when the family member is violent and extremely disruptive or needs assistance with personal care. Neither substance use nor medication noncompliance contributed to caregiver financial burden. Co-residence, female sex, parenthood, and instrumental social support were also associated with financial burden. (Contains 2 notes and 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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