Identification of stress and coping risk and protective factors associated with changes in adjustment to caring for an adult with mental illness

Mackay, Christina and Pakenham, Kenneth I. (2011) Identification of stress and coping risk and protective factors associated with changes in adjustment to caring for an adult with mental illness. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 67 10: 1064-1079. doi:10.1002/jclp.20829


Author Mackay, Christina
Pakenham, Kenneth I.
Title Identification of stress and coping risk and protective factors associated with changes in adjustment to caring for an adult with mental illness
Journal name Journal of Clinical Psychology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1097-4679
0021-9762
Publication date 2011-10
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1002/jclp.20829
Volume 67
Issue 10
Start page 1064
End page 1079
Total pages 16
Place of publication Hoboken, NJ, United States
Publisher John Wiley & Sons
Collection year 2012
Language eng
Abstract There is a paucity of theory guided longitudinal research into how carers of an adult with mental illness adapt to caregiving. This study examined changes in carer adjustment over 12 months and identified risk and protective factors using stress/coping theory. Eighty-seven carers completed questionnaires at Time 1 and 12 months later (Time 2). The risk/protective factors were background variables, coping resources, appraisals, and coping strategies. Adjustment outcomes were stable over 12 months. Stress/coping variables were associated with one or more Time 2 adjustment outcomes when controlling for initial adjustment and the direction of these associations were consistent with predictions. Findings support the application of stress/coping theory to guide identification of modifiable risk and protective factors associated with caregiver adjustment.
Keyword Carers
Mental illness
Adjustment
Stress and coping
Quality of life
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: Official 2012 Collection
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