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Association between Sense of Coherence Associated with Mental Health in Caregivers of Older Adults

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Department of Nursing, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Jaén, 23071 Jáen, Spain
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Surgical nursing, Reina Sofia University Hospital, 14004 Córdoba, Spain
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16(20), 3800; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph16203800
Received: 29 July 2019 / Revised: 30 September 2019 / Accepted: 4 October 2019 / Published: 9 October 2019
The purpose of this study was to analyze association between sense of coherence and perceived burden, anxiety, depression, and quality of life in caregivers of older adults. A cross-sectional study was carried out with a probabilistic sample of 132 caregivers of older relatives from the regions of Jaén, Spain. The measures assessed were sense of coherence (Life Orientation Questionnaire), subjective burden (Caregiver Strain Index of Robinson), anxiety and depression (Goldberg Scale), and quality of life (Health Questionnaire SF-12). The main analyses included bivariate analysis using Pearson’s correlation coefficient and multivariate analysis through canonical correlation analysis. Our findings show that the sense of coherence explained 50.8% of the variance shared between subjective burden, anxiety, depression, and quality of life. We highlighted manageability as the variable within the dimensions of the sense of coherence with the greatest participation in the model. The sense of coherence may be an important protective factor for the mental health of the caregiver of dependent elderly relatives.
Keywords: caregivers; older people; sense of coherence; anxiety; depression; subjective burden; quality of life caregivers; older people; sense of coherence; anxiety; depression; subjective burden; quality of life
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López-Martínez, C.; Serrano-Ortega, N.; Moreno-Cámara, S.; del-Pino-Casado, R. Association between Sense of Coherence Associated with Mental Health in Caregivers of Older Adults. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16, 3800.

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