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Assessment of Mental Burden of Family Caregivers of Persons with Health Disabilities in the Czech Republic

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Faculty of Arts, University of Hradec Králové, Rokitanského 62, 500 03 Hradec Králové, Czech Republic
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Faculty of Education, University of Hradec Králové, Rokitanského 62, 500 03 Hradec Králové, Czech Republic
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Faculty of Informatics and Management, University of Hradec Králové, Rokitanského 62, 500 03 Hradec Králové, Czech Republic
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Soc. Sci. 2020, 9(6), 95; https://doi.org/10.3390/socsci9060095
Received: 11 April 2020 / Revised: 2 June 2020 / Accepted: 4 June 2020 / Published: 8 June 2020
The purpose of this study was to analyse the subjective perception of stress burden in family caregivers, especially those caring for disabled and elderly persons. The tool for quantifying the burden was the Meister questionnaire, which describes the basic dimensions of overload in ten items. These were divided into three factors: overload, monotony and the non-specific factor. The research tool was a standardised questionnaire distributed via a snowball method to a group of 484 family caregivers who cared for a person with disability. The findings show that they have to largely rely on the support of social services. Their burden is characterised by the prevalence of the overload factor. The findings also indicate that there is an urgent call among health professionals to identify and treat caregivers’ psychological distress by applying relevant intervention strategies, which could reduce this distress and prevent caregivers’ burnout. Future research should concentrate on the efficacy of intervention strategies which would reduce the overall burden of family caregivers and nurture the family as a whole. View Full-Text
Keywords: subjective burden; family caregivers; distress; Meister questionnaire subjective burden; family caregivers; distress; Meister questionnaire
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Truhlarova, Z.; Stech, O.; Voseckova, A.; Klimova, B.; Kuca, K. Assessment of Mental Burden of Family Caregivers of Persons with Health Disabilities in the Czech Republic. Soc. Sci. 2020, 9, 95.

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