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Wife Caregivers of Frail Elderly Veterans: Correlates of Caregiver Satisfaction and Caregiver Strain

Lorraine T. Dorfman, Connie A. Holmes and Karyn L. Berlin
Family Relations
Vol. 45, No. 1 (Jan., 1996), pp. 46-55
DOI: 10.2307/584769
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/584769
Page Count: 10
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Wife Caregivers of Frail Elderly Veterans: Correlates of Caregiver Satisfaction and Caregiver Strain
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Abstract

This study investigated correlates of satisfaction and strain in 80 wife caregivers of frail elderly veterans. The study focused on the background and context of stress, stressors, and cognitive appraisal of self-efficacy and social/institutional support. Support from spouse was the strongest positive predictor of satisfaction with caregiving and the strongest negative predictor of caregiver strain. Confidence in ability to manage caregiving tasks (self-efficacy) was the strongest positive predictor of caregiver life satisfaction.

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