Factors associated with depression in older carers
Samantha M Loi, Briony Dow, Kirsten Moore, Keith Hill, Melissa Russell, Elizabeth Cyarto, Sue Malta, David Ames, Nicola Lautenschlager
INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF GERIATRIC PSYCHIATRY | WILEY | Published : 2016
OBJECTIVE: Depression is an adverse outcome frequently seen in carers. With the increasing ageing population and reliance on informal carers, this study aims to identify factors associated with depression in carers in the older age group, using factors that have not been previously investigated. METHODS: We conducted a cross-sectional analysis of 202 older carers using the Geriatric Depression scale, demographics, personality traits, attitudes to ageing and other carer characteristics. RESULTS: Increased hours spent caring and higher levels of neuroticism were all factors associated with depression. The care-recipient diagnosis, other personality traits, attitudes to ageing, leisure-physical..View full abstract
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The authors would like to thank all the carers who participated in the study and the research assistants who helped with assessments and data entry. IMPACCT was funded by a grant from the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) (NHMRC 1033828). Samantha M. Loi was funded by an NHMRC postgraduate scholarship.