Korean J Adult Nurs.  2016 Dec;28(6):619-627. 10.7475/kjan.2016.28.6.619.

Spirituality and Quality of Life Model of Family Caregivers Caring for Patients with Stroke: Path Analysis

  • 1Doctoral Student, College of Nursing, The Catholic University of Korea, Seoul, Korea.
  • 2Professor, College of Nursing · Director of WHO Collaborating Centre for Training in Hospice · Palliative Care, The Catholic University of Korea, Seoul, Korea. jyong@catholic.ac.kr


This study was to test a structural model of spirituality and the quality of life of stroke survivors' caregivers in order to provide guidelines for the development of intervention and strategies to improve their quality of life.
Data were collected from 133 family caregivers of stroke patients who were hospitalized in C university hospital located in Seoul. Data collection using survey questionnaires was done from May, 2013 to February, 2014.
Fitness of the hypothetical model was appropriate. Physical component of quality of life of family caregivers is directly affected by two variables (51.5%), burden and depression. Mental component of quality of life of family caregivers is directly affected by three variables (77.6%), depression, burden, and functional dependence of patients. Depression as well as burden were directly affected by spirituality and functional dependence of patients respectively. Thus, spirituality directly affected depression and burden and indirectly affected the quality of life of family caregivers.
Therefore, spiritual intervention to improve the stroke caregivers' quality of life might be necessary to support and strengthen their spirituality as a mediating variable that can contribute to decreasing their depression and burden.

MeSH Terms

Data Collection
Models, Structural
Quality of Life*


  • Figure. 1 Theoretical model with factors influencing quality of life of family caregivers for patients with stroke.

  • Figure. 2 Empirical model with factors influencing quality of life of family caregivers for patients with stroke.

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