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Physical and Mental Health Effects of Family Caregiving

AJN, American Journal of Nursing: September 2008 - Volume 108 - Issue 9 - p 27
doi: 10.1097/01.NAJ.0000336407.45248.05
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LEARNING OBJECTIVE: After reading this article and taking this test, you should be able to

  • discuss the effects of stressors on caregivers' physical and mental health.

1. The nurse's role in home health care has expanded to

a. assuming overall responsibility for the well-being of family caregivers.

b. becoming counselors for family caregivers.

c. being primary caregivers for patients in the home.

d. teaching and assisting family members to provide care.

2. Effects on the caregiver's psychological well-being are moderated by individual differences in

a. confidence in Western medicine.

b. educational level achieved.

c. self-confidence.

d. socioeconomic status.

3. Which group of caregivers reports poorer psychological and physical health?

a. caregivers with full-time jobs

b. older caregivers

c. caregivers with small children

d. younger caregivers

4. Greater degrees of depression and stress and low ratings of subjective well-being in caregivers are consistently associated with

a. the amount of insurance coverage.

b. anger over siblings who are not providing care.

c. the duration and amount of care provided.

d. the belief that caregivers are providing inadequate care.

5. Caring for someone with what disability is associated with higher levels of distress and depression?

a. dementia

b. generalized weakness

c. terminal disease

d. paralysis

6. Which of these was significantly associated with caregiver depression and use of antidepressant medication?

a. expense of care

b. lack of support

c. patient emotional and existential distress

d. poor eating habits

7. In the short term, the effects of which transition are less positive, with caregivers continuing to exhibit the same level of psychiatric morbidity?

a. patient condition improves

b. patient enters a nursing home

c. patient dies

d. patient refuses further care


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