Predictors of quality of life in carers for people with a progressive neurological illness: a longitudinal study

O'Connor, Elodie J. and McCabe, Marita P 2011, Predictors of quality of life in carers for people with a progressive neurological illness: a longitudinal study, Quality of life research, vol. 20, no. 5, pp. 703-711.

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Title Predictors of quality of life in carers for people with a progressive neurological illness: a longitudinal study
Author(s) O'Connor, Elodie J.
McCabe, Marita P
Journal name Quality of life research
Volume number 20
Issue number 5
Start page 703
End page 711
Total pages 9
Publisher Springer Netherlands
Place of publication Dordrecht , Netherlands
Publication date 2011-07
ISSN 0962-9343
1573-2649
Keyword(s) Neurological illness
Carer
Quality of life
Psychosocial
Economic
Family caregiver
Summary Purpose The aim of the present research was to determine the predictors of quality of life (QOL) among carers for people living with a chronic degenerative neurological illness, with comparisons of the differences in significant predictors of QOL between illness groups.
Methods Psychosocial and economic variables were examined among 192 carers for people living at home with motor neurone disease, Huntington’s disease, multiple sclerosis, and Parkinson’s, over a twelve-month period, to determine their contribution to the prediction of carer QOL.
Results Mood was the only consistent predictor of carer QOL across groups; however, marital relationship satisfaction, social support satisfaction, income, and economic pressure significantly predicted carer QOL for at least one of the illness groups, in addition to mood.
Conclusions The findings highlight the importance of recognising the varying roles that psychosocial and economic variables play on the prediction of carer QOL within each of these illness groups.
Language eng
Field of Research 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
Socio Economic Objective 920410 Mental Health
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2010, Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30036738

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Psychology
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