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

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posted on 2024-06-06, 05:29 authored by Kerri CoomberKerri Coomber, R King
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.

History

Journal

Social psychiatry and psychiatric epidemiology

Volume

47

Pagination

789-796

Location

Berlin, Germany

ISSN

0933-7954

eISSN

1433-9285

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2011, Springer-Verlag

Issue

5

Publisher

Springer