Psychosocial needs of family caregivers of terminally ill patients.

W. C. Cheng, P. L. Schuckers, G. Hauser, J. Burch, J. G. Emmett, B. Walker, E. Law, D. Wakefield, D. Boyle, M. Lee

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Abstract

The primary caregivers (mean age = 63 yr.) of 28 terminally ill veterans (mean age = 67 yr.) who were living at home were surveyed for their concrete and psychosocial needs. The caregivers also completed the Beck Depression Inventory, the Life Satisfaction Index, the Provision of Social Relations scale, and the Burden Inventory. The rank order of concrete and psychosocial needs is reported for these caregivers. Increased scores on depression were associated with decreased life satisfaction as was low social support. Not surprisingly, higher numbers of concrete and psychosocial needs were associated with increases in depression.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1243-1250
Number of pages8
JournalPsychological reports
Volume75
Issue number3 Pt 1
StatePublished - Dec 1994

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)

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