Sociocultural influences on the feeling of loneliness of family caregivers of people with dementia: The role of kinship
EntityUAM. Departamento de Psicología Biológica y de la Salud
10.3390/ijerph18094700Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 18 ( 2021): 4700
Funded byThis work was supported by the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness (PSI2015-65152-C2-1-R) and the Ministry of Science and Innovation (PID2019-106714RB-C21). Cristina Huertas and Samara Barrera were supported by a FPU grant from the Spanish Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport. María del Sequeros Pedroso-Chaparro was supported by a FPI grant from the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
ProjectGobierno de España. PSI2015-65152-C2-1-R; Gobierno de España. PID2019-106714RB-C21
SubjectsCaregivers; Dementia; Dysfunctional thoughts; Familism; Kinship; Loneliness; Psicología
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The extent to which familism, dysfunctional thoughts, and coping variables contribute to explaining feelings of loneliness in caregivers, controlling for kinship, is analyzed. Participants were 273 family caregivers of people with dementia. Sociodemographic variables, familism, dysfunctional thoughts, coping strategies for requesting and receiving help, perceived social support, and leisure activities were assessed. The fit of a theoretical model for explaining the effect of cultural and psychological variables on feelings of loneliness in each kinship group was tested. No significant differences in the distribution of loneliness by kinship were found. Higher levels of familism are associated with more dysfunctional thoughts, that are linked to more maladaptive strategies for coping with caring (e.g., less social support and fewer leisure activities). This in turn is associated with higher scores in the feeling of loneliness. The model bore particular relevance to the group of daughters, husbands, and sons, yet not in the case of wives. Sociocultural and coping factors associated with the caring process seem to play an important role in explaining feelings of loneliness in caregivers. Sociocultural factors associated with the care process seem to play an important role in explaining feelings of loneliness in caregivers
Google Scholar:Huertas-Domingo, Cristina - Márquez-González, María - Cabrera Lafuente, Isabel - Barrera-Caballero, Samara - Pedroso Chaparro, María del Sequeros - Romero-Moreno, Rosa - Losada-Baltar, Andrés
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