Association between perceived social support and better cognitive performance among caregivers and non-caregivers

Pavarini, Sofia Cristina Iost, Ottaviani, Ana Carolina, Bregola, Allan Gustavo, Fraga, Francisco J., Chagas, Marcos Hortes Nisihara, Oliveira, Nathalia Alves De and Brito, Tábatta Renata Pereira De (2021) Association between perceived social support and better cognitive performance among caregivers and non-caregivers. Revista Brasileira de Enfermagem, 74 (suppl 2). ISSN 0034-7167

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Abstract

Objective: to identify the association between the characteristics of the support network and cognitive performance of older caregivers and compare characteristics between caregivers and non-caregivers. Methods: we evaluated 85 older caregivers and 84 older non-caregivers registered with primary care units regarding sociodemographic characteristics, cognition, and social support. Multiple linear regression analysis was performed. Results: among non-caregivers, significant associations were found between a better cognitive performance and receiving emotional/affectionate support; each one-point increase in the emotional support score and affectionate support score was related to a 0.43-point and 0.39-point increase in cognitive assessment, respectively. Among older caregivers, each one-point increase in the emotional support score was related to a 0.55-point increase in cognitive assessment. Conclusion: strengthening the support networks of older caregivers and encouraging satisfactory exchanges of social support can assist in improving cognitive performance, which can have a positive impact on caregivers’ health.

Item Type: Article
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > School of Health Sciences
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Date Deposited: 05 Mar 2021 00:44
Last Modified: 16 Jul 2021 00:15
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/79379
DOI: 10.1590/0034-7167-2020-0329

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