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The Role of Religion/Spirituality in Coping With Caregiving for Disabled Elders
Gerontologist (1998)
  • Bei-Hung Chang, Boston University
  • Anne E. Noonan, New England Research Institutes
  • Sharon L. Tennstedt, New England Research Institutes
Abstract
This study examined how religious/spiritual coping was related to specific conditions of caregiving and psychological distress among 127 informal caregivers to community residing disabled elders. Support was found for the hypothesis that religious/spiritual coping influences caregiver distress indirectly through the quality of the relationship between caregiver and care recipient. Caregivers who used religious or spiritual beliefsto cope with caregiving had a better relationship with care recipients, which was associated with lower levels of depression and role submersion.
Publication Date
August, 1998
DOI
10.1093/geront/38.4.463
Citation Information
Chang BH, Noonan AE, Tennstedt SL. The role of religion/spirituality in coping with caregiving for disabled elders. Gerontologist. 1998 Aug;38(4):463-70. PubMed PMID: 9726133.