Pilot investigation of the effectiveness of respite care for carers of an adult with mental illness

Jardim, Claudia and Pakenham, Kenneth, I. (2009) Pilot investigation of the effectiveness of respite care for carers of an adult with mental illness. Clinical Psychologist, 13 3: 87-93. doi:10.1080/13284200903353064

Author Jardim, Claudia
Pakenham, Kenneth, I.
Title Pilot investigation of the effectiveness of respite care for carers of an adult with mental illness
Journal name Clinical Psychologist   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1328-4207
Publication date 2009-11
Year available 2009
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/13284200903353064
Volume 13
Issue 3
Start page 87
End page 93
Total pages 7
Editor Justin Kenardy
Place of publication Oxford, United Kingdom
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing
Collection year 2010
Language eng
Subject 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
920202 Carer Health
920401 Behaviour and Health
920410 Mental Health
970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
Abstract Informal carers of an adult with mental illness have asked that respite care be an integral component of mental health service provision. The present study involved a pilot investigation of the effectiveness of accessing respite care for carers of individuals with a mental illness. It was hypothesised that compared to carers who have not accessed respite care, carers who access respite care would report lower burden and distress, higher life satisfaction and better health after their use of respite care. The study used a respite care group and comparison group of respite care non-users with a pre- and post-respite assessment, and 3-month follow-up design. Participants were 20 carers recruited through carer organisations; 10 carers who accessed respite and 10 carers who had never accessed respite. As expected, the respite care group reported a decrease in burden, but unexpectedly also reported an increase in stress, whereas the comparison group did not change over time. Further research is needed to explore the potential benefits and possible risks associated with different types of respite care using large samples within randomised controlled trials in order to inform respite care policy and service planning.
Keyword Carers
Clinical/counselling psychology
Family issues
Health psychology
Mental illnes
Respite care
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Article first published online: 25 January 2011

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