Korean J Adult Nurs.  2017 Dec;29(6):647-656. 10.7475/kjan.2017.29.6.647.

The Effect of Caregiver Reaction on Psychological Well-being among Family Caregivers of Cancer Patients

Affiliations
  • 1Department of Nursing, Cheongam College, Suncheon, Korea.
  • 2School of Nursing, Hanyang University, Seoul, Korea. ysshin2k@hanyang.ac.kr

Abstract

PURPOSE
This study was designed to explore positive and negative aspects of the caregiver reaction and identify factors influencing psychological well-being among family caregivers of home-based cancer patients.
METHODS
The participants were 139 family caregivers from two cities. These caregivers took care of he family member in the home. Data were collected utilizing the Caregiver Reaction Assessment Scale and the Psychological Well-being Scale.
RESULTS
Self-esteem was the highest reaction reported among the family caregivers. There were significant correlations between caregiver reaction and their psychological well-being. In multiple regression analysis, self-esteem and family support were predictors of psychological well-being among family caregivers (F=13.71, p < .001, Adj. R²=.393).
CONCLUSION
The results demonstrated that self-esteem and family support impacts the psychological well-being among cancer family caregivers. Thus, nursing intervention are needed to enhance self-esteem to improve psychological well-being among family caregivers.


MeSH Terms

Caregivers*
Humans
Mental Health
Nursing
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