Burden among male Alzheimer's caregivers

Effects of distinct coping strategies

Jennifer R. Geiger, Scott E. Wilks, Lauren L. Lovelace, Zibei Chen, Christina Spivey

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Abstract

Focusing on the understudied, increasing population of male Alzheimer's disease (AD) caregivers, the purpose of this study was to identify their likelihood of utilizing 3 coping strategies (task focused, emotion focused, and avoidance focused) and to examine the effects of each coping strategy on caregiving burden. Data were collected from 138 male AD caregivers in southern United States, including geographically proportional representation of African Americans in the sample. Stepwise regression revealed effects of each coping strategy on caregiving burden, controlling for demographics. The sample reported high burden. Task focused was the highest reported coping strategy. Yet, regression models indicated no significant effect of task-focused coping on burden outcomes. Emotion-focused and avoidance-focused coping each showed significant proportional effects on burden. Implications suggest that emotion- and avoidance-focused coping among male AD caregivers may be maladaptive, that is, reinforcing burden. Male AD caregivers may benefit from more task-focused coping, such as planning and active problem solving.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)238-246
Number of pages9
JournalAmerican Journal of Alzheimer's Disease and other Dementias
Volume30
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - May 6 2015

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  • Clinical Psychology
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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Burden among male Alzheimer's caregivers : Effects of distinct coping strategies. / Geiger, Jennifer R.; Wilks, Scott E.; Lovelace, Lauren L.; Chen, Zibei; Spivey, Christina.

In: American Journal of Alzheimer's Disease and other Dementias, Vol. 30, No. 3, 06.05.2015, p. 238-246.

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Geiger, Jennifer R. ; Wilks, Scott E. ; Lovelace, Lauren L. ; Chen, Zibei ; Spivey, Christina. / Burden among male Alzheimer's caregivers : Effects of distinct coping strategies. In: American Journal of Alzheimer's Disease and other Dementias. 2015 ; Vol. 30, No. 3. pp. 238-246.
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