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Braun, M; Mura, K; Peter-Wight, M; Hornung, R; Scholz, U (2010). Toward a Better Understanding of Psychological Well-Being in Dementia Caregivers: The Link Between Marital Communication and Depression. Family Process, 49(2):185-203.

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Dementia research has frequently documented high rates of caregiver depression and
distress in spouses providing care for a partner suffering from dementia. However, the
role of marital communication in understanding caregiver distress has not been examined sufficiently. Studies with healthy couples demonstrated an association between
marital communication and the partners’ psychological well-being, depressiveness,
respectively (e.g., Heene, Buysee, & Van Oost, 2005). The current study investigates
the relationship between caregiver depression and communication in 37 couples in
which the wives care for their partners with dementia. Nonsequential and sequential
analyses revealed significant correlations between caregiver depression and marital
communication quality. Caregivers whose husbands used more positive communication reported less depression and distress. Additionally, caregiver depression was
negatively correlated with rates of positive reciprocal communication indicating
dependence between the couples’ interaction patterns. This study is one of the first to
illustrate the relevance of spousal communication in understanding caregiver distress
and depression.


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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Psychology
DDC:150 Psychology
Deposited On:03 Nov 2010 10:19
Last Modified:23 Nov 2012 14:31
Publisher DOI:10.1111/j.1545-5300.2010.01317.x

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