Predicting self-esteem in informal caregivers of people with dementia: Modifiable and non-modifiable factors

Linda H Jütten*, Ruth E Mark, Margriet M Sitskoorn

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Abstract

While informal caregivers often feel burdened by the care for a person with dementia, they can also experience positive consequences due to caregiving; caregiver gains. One of these, relatively overlooked, caregiver gains is heightened self-esteem. We assessed the predictive ability of non-modifiable (caregiver sociodemographic- and dementia related-) and modifiable (psychological-) factors for caregiver self-esteem). A cross-sectional study in which 201 caregivers, who spent at least eight hours a week on caring for a community-residing person with dementia, completed a semi-structured interview and five questionnaires. One two-block (1: non-modifiable-; 2: modifiable variables) hierarchic multiple regression analysis was used to assess which variables predicted self-esteem. None of the non-modifiable variables significantly predicted self-esteem. Regarding the modifiable variables, depression and relationship quality with the person with dementia significantly predicted self-esteem (adjusted R2 = .460, β = -.207, p = .015 and β = .632, p < .001 respectively). Caregivers who experience a better relationship quality with the person with dementia, and fewer depression symptoms, experience a higher level of self-esteem. Interventions focused on heightening self-esteem should strive to optimize these factors to enhance the lives of informal dementia caregivers.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)221-226
JournalAging & Mental Health
Volume24
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020

Keywords

  • ANXIETY
  • Burden
  • DEPRESSION
  • EXPERIENCES
  • FAMILY CAREGIVERS
  • GAIN
  • IMPACT
  • NEGATIVE OUTCOMES
  • POSITIVE ASPECTS
  • RISK-FACTORS
  • TIME
  • dementia
  • gains
  • informal caregiver
  • relationship quality
  • self-esteem

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