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

Pavarini, Sofia Cristina Iost, Ottaviani, Ana Carolina, Bregola, Allan Gustavo ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0265-4940, 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: 23 Oct 2022 02:16
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/79379
DOI: 10.1590/0034-7167-2020-0329

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