Coping strategies and social support as predictors and mediators of eating disorder carer burden and psychological distress

Coomber, Kerri and King, Ross M. 2012, Coping strategies and social support as predictors and mediators of eating disorder carer burden and psychological distress, Social psychiatry and psychiatric epidemiology, vol. 47, no. 5, pp. 789-796.

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Title Coping strategies and social support as predictors and mediators of eating disorder carer burden and psychological distress
Author(s) Coomber, Kerri
King, Ross M.
Journal name Social psychiatry and psychiatric epidemiology
Volume number 47
Issue number 5
Start page 789
End page 796
Total pages 8
Publisher Dr Dietrich Steinkopff Verlag
Place of publication Heidelberg , Germany
Publication date 2012
ISSN 0933-7954
1433-9285
Keyword(s) Eating disorders
Carer burden
Coping strategies
Social support
Summary Purpose Caring for someone with an eating disorder is associated with a high level of burden and psychological distress. While models for the prediction of carer burden have previously been investigated, these have typically neglected the role of coping strategies and social support. Thus, the current study will examine predictors of both carer burden and carer psychological distress in eating disorder carers. Further, the mediating roles of coping strategies and social support will be investigated.
Methods Fifty-six carers completed a self-report questionnaire assessing burden, psychological distress, needs, expressed emotion, coping strategies and social support.
Results Use of maladaptive coping strategies was a unique predictor of both burden and psychological distress. Further, maladaptive coping was a consistent mediator on the outcome of carer burden. Social support, however, did not significantly predict, or mediate, carer burden.
Conclusions Interventions focusing on teaching appropriate coping strategies would benefit carers.
Notes Published online 24 April 2011
Language eng
Field of Research 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
Socio Economic Objective 920202 Carer Health
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2011, Springer-Verlag
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30035359

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