Coping strategies of family caregivers of patients with schizophrenia in Iran: A cross-sectional survey

Rahmani, Farnaz, Ranjbar, Fatemeh, Hosseinzadeh, Mina, Razavi, Seyed Sajjad, Dickens, Geoffrey and Vahidi, Maryam (2019) Coping strategies of family caregivers of patients with schizophrenia in Iran: A cross-sectional survey. International Journal of Nursing Sciences, 6 (2). pp. 148-153. ISSN 2352-0132

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Objectives: This study aimed to identify coping strategies used by family caregivers of patients with schizophrenia and their determinants. Methods: This was a descriptive correlational study. Participants were 225 family caregivers of patients with schizophrenia who were referred to the psychiatric clinic at one large teaching referral hospital in Iran. They were selected through purposive sampling method. Data collection tools were demographic and clinical data form, the Zarit Burden Interview (ZBI) and the Family Coping Questionnaire (FCQ). Results: The score of caregiver burden was 65.14 ± 9.17. Of 225 family caregivers, 23.11% used an avoiding coping strategy. There was a significant relationship between caregiver burden and coping strategies (P < 0.001). The regression model showed that adaptive coping strategies were significantly associated with some demographic characteristics including age, education level, gender, employment status, losing the job because of caregiving responsibilities, perceived income adequacy, duration of illness, duration of caregiving and caregiver burden (P < 0.05). Conclusion: Family caregivers of patients with schizophrenia experience a high level of burden, which can put them at risk of using maladaptive coping strategies. Mental health professionals should plan programs that support both family caregivers and patients in clinical and community settings.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Adaptation, Caregivers, Iran, Psychological, Schizophrenia
Subjects: A900 Others in Medicine and Dentistry
B100 Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology
B700 Nursing
B900 Others in Subjects allied to Medicine
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Nursing, Midwifery and Health
Depositing User: Rachel Branson
Date Deposited: 13 Oct 2020 14:37
Last Modified: 31 Jul 2021 13:03

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