Correlates of Depressive and Anxiety Symptoms Among the Caregivers of Leukemic Children


Demirtepe-Saygili D., BOZO ÖZEN Ö.

JOURNAL OF CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY IN MEDICAL SETTINGS, vol.18, no.1, pp.46-54, 2011 (Peer-Reviewed Journal) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 18 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2011
  • Doi Number: 10.1007/s10880-011-9229-4
  • Journal Name: JOURNAL OF CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY IN MEDICAL SETTINGS
  • Journal Indexes: Social Sciences Citation Index, Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.46-54
  • Keywords: Caregiver, Stress, Leukemia, Coping, Depression, Anxiety, PSYCHOLOGICAL ADJUSTMENT, RISK-FACTOR, STRESS, CANCER, INVENTORY, DISTRESS, MOTHERS, SCALE

Abstract

This study aims to reveal correlates of depressive and anxiety symptoms among the Turkish caregivers of leukemic children (n = 100). The effects of demographic variables, satisfaction of the basic needs, performance on daily activities, and coping strategies on outcome variables were investigated by hierarchical regression. Accordingly, older age, lower reported income, higher number of other children to be looked after, lower levels of satisfaction of basic needs, and more use of emotion focused coping were associated with higher levels of both depressive and anxiety symptoms. Moreover, caregivers with lower education reported more depressive symptoms, and higher performance on daily activities predicted more anxiety symptoms.