Caregiving tasks in caring for an adult with mental illness and associations with adjustment outcomes

Pakenham, Kenneth I. (2012) Caregiving tasks in caring for an adult with mental illness and associations with adjustment outcomes. International Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 19 2: 186-198. doi:10.1007/s12529-011-9155-8

Author Pakenham, Kenneth I.
Title Caregiving tasks in caring for an adult with mental illness and associations with adjustment outcomes
Journal name International Journal of Behavioral Medicine   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1070-5503
Publication date 2012-06
Year available 2011
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1007/s12529-011-9155-8
Volume 19
Issue 2
Start page 186
End page 198
Total pages 13
Place of publication New York, NY, United States
Publisher Springer
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Background: Carers of persons with mental illness engage in many caregiving tasks and spend considerable time on these activities. This caregiving is of immense social and economic value, but often at a high cost to carers. Investigation of the specific caregiving tasks these carers undertake and how these may affect their adjustment has been neglected.

Purpose: This study examines: (1) the dimensional and psychometric structure of the Caregiving Tasks in Caring for an Adult with Mental Illness Scale (CTiCAMIS), (2) relations between caregiving tasks and various caregiving parameters, and (3) associations between caregiving tasks and adjustment cross-sectionally and over 12 months.

Method: Participants were 114 carers of adults with a mental illness who completed questionnaires at time 1 and 12 months later (time 2).

Results: Factor analyses showed that the CTiCAMIS could be represented by a single dimension or three caregiving domains: instrumental care, activities of daily living care, psychosocial care. The CTiCAMIS factors were psychometrically sound and evidenced differential relations with most carer, care recipient and caregiving context variables, and were correlated with adjustment outcomes concurrently and over 12 months after controlling for initial adjustment.

Conclusion: Findings delineate the key dimensions of mental health caregiving and show the differential links between caregiving activities and caregiving parameters and carer adjustment.
Keyword Carer
Care giving
Mental illness
Quality of life
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Published online: 12 April 2011.

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
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