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Gepubliceerd in: Journal of Behavioral Medicine 5/2020

16-12-2019

Caring for a spouse with advanced cancer: similarities and differences for male and female caregivers

Auteurs: Dana Ketcher, Ryan Trettevik, Susan T. Vadaparampil, Richard E. Heyman, Lee Ellington, Maija Reblin

Gepubliceerd in: Journal of Behavioral Medicine | Uitgave 5/2020

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Abstract

Most caregiving literature has focused on women, who have traditionally taken on caregiving roles. However, more research is needed to clarify the mixed evidence regarding the impact of gender on caregiver/patient psychological outcomes, especially in an advanced cancer context. In this paper, we examine gender differences in caregiver stress, burden, anxiety, depression, and coping styles, as well as how caregiver gender impacts patient outcomes in the context of advanced cancer. Eighty-eight patients with advanced cancer and their caregivers completed psychosocial surveys. All couples were heterosexual and most caregivers were women (71.6%). Female caregivers reported significantly higher levels of perceived stress, depression, anxiety, and social strain compared with male caregivers, and female patients of male caregivers were more likely to use social support as a coping style compared with male patients of female caregivers. These findings highlight the potential differences between male and female caregivers’ needs and psychological health.
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Metagegevens
Titel
Caring for a spouse with advanced cancer: similarities and differences for male and female caregivers
Auteurs
Dana Ketcher
Ryan Trettevik
Susan T. Vadaparampil
Richard E. Heyman
Lee Ellington
Maija Reblin
Publicatiedatum
16-12-2019
Uitgeverij
Springer US
Gepubliceerd in
Journal of Behavioral Medicine / Uitgave 5/2020
Print ISSN: 0160-7715
Elektronisch ISSN: 1573-3521
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/s10865-019-00128-y