Social and health-related predictors of family function in older spousal caregivers: a cross-sectional study

Pavarini, Sofia Cristina Iost, Bregola, Allan Gustavo, Luchesi, Bruna Moretti, Oliveira, Déborah, Orlandi, Fabiana De Souza, Moura, Fernanda Gomez De, Silva, Helena Rita Oliveira, Oliveira, Nathalia Alves De, Zazzetta, Marisa Silvana, Santos-Orlandi, Ariene Angelini Dos and Ottaviani, Ana Carolina (2020) Social and health-related predictors of family function in older spousal caregivers: a cross-sectional study. Dementia & Neuropsychologia, 14 (4). pp. 372-378. ISSN 1980-5764

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Given the benefits of adequate family function for the health and well-being of older adults, it is important to understand what factors predict adequate family function in older people who care for their spouses. Objective: Analyse predictors of family function in older spousal caregivers. Methods: A cross-sectional study design was used to investigate a non-probabilistic sample of 298 older spousal caregivers. Home-based face-to-face interviews were used to evaluate sociodemographic variables and care context, family function (Family APGAR), cognitive function, perceived stress, and depressive symptoms. Data were analysed using multiple logistic regression with stepwise forward method for variable section. Results: Older caregivers having some degree of cognitive impairment (OR=-0.160, 95%CI 0.444–0.579), depressive symptoms (OR=-0.848, 95%CI 0.726–0.992) or high levels of stress (OR=-0.955, 95%CI 0.914-0.999) had overall lower levels of family function. Having more children was linked to approximately 1.3 times higher family function (95%CI 1.080–1.057). Conclusion: Stress, depression, cognitive decline, and number of children are predictors of family function and should be considered in social and health care strategies within the family caregiving context.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: aged,caregivers,cognitive dysfunction,depression,emotional stress,family relations,sensory systems,neurology,geriatrics and gerontology,clinical neurology,cognitive neuroscience ,/dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/2800/2809
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > School of Health Sciences
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Date Deposited: 12 Jan 2021 00:55
Last Modified: 20 Apr 2023 19:35
DOI: 10.1590/1980-57642020dn14-040007

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