Description of primary and secondary stressors for female spousal caregivers
AuthorHall, Kathleen Nevin
KeywordsActivities of Daily Living.
Committee ChairPhillips, Linda
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PublisherThe University of Arizona.
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AbstractThe purpose of this study was to describe stressors for female spousal caregivers for noninstitutionalized frail elderly men. The conceptual framework used was Pearlin, Mullan, Semple, and Skaff s (1990) conceptual model of Alzheimer's caregivers' stress. Caregivers described the primary and secondary stressors associated with their caregiving experience. Findings indicated that a significant relationship existed between feelings of burden and the length of time spent in the caregiver role and the value of care giving. The dimensions of physical and emotional health exhibited the highest degree of burden. Transferring was the most difficult activity of daily living. Managing household finances was the most difficult instrumental activity of daily living. The findings and limitations of this study, and recommendations and implications for nursing practice, research, and education were discussed.
Degree ProgramGraduate College