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Quality of the caregiving relationship and quality of life in mild Alzheimer's dementia


Mortazavizadeh, Zeinab; Maercker, Andreas; Roth, Tanja; Savaskan, Egemen; Forstmeier, Simon (2020). Quality of the caregiving relationship and quality of life in mild Alzheimer's dementia. Psychogeriatrics, 20(5):568-577.

Abstract

BACKGROUND: The present study aims to investigate the quality of the dyadic relationship between mild Alzheimer patients and their caregivers. The main objective is to evaluate the consistency, agreement and validity of the German version of the Scale for Quality of the Current Relationship in Caregiving (SQCRC). The secondary objective was to examine the association of relationship quality with quality of life (QOL) in patients with mild Alzheimer's disease (AD) and their caregivers.

METHODS: In this study, a sample of 50 patients diagnosed with mild AD and their primary caregivers were included. Participants underwent a full neuropsychological evaluation. The quality of the relationship between persons with AD and their caregivers was assessed using the SQCRC. Furthermore, other scales of relationship quality, well-being of the person with AD, and well-being of the caregiver were used.

RESULTS: The results showed that the SQCRC has a good internal consistency and high validity. Also, relationship quality as rated by the AD patients (r = 0.37, P < 0.1) and their caregivers (r = 0.51, P < 0.1) was significantly correlated with QOL.

CONCLUSIONS: The findings suggest that many persons with mild AD can rate their relationship quality and that the patient's self-rated relationship quality is a substantial predictor of their QOL.

Abstract

BACKGROUND: The present study aims to investigate the quality of the dyadic relationship between mild Alzheimer patients and their caregivers. The main objective is to evaluate the consistency, agreement and validity of the German version of the Scale for Quality of the Current Relationship in Caregiving (SQCRC). The secondary objective was to examine the association of relationship quality with quality of life (QOL) in patients with mild Alzheimer's disease (AD) and their caregivers.

METHODS: In this study, a sample of 50 patients diagnosed with mild AD and their primary caregivers were included. Participants underwent a full neuropsychological evaluation. The quality of the relationship between persons with AD and their caregivers was assessed using the SQCRC. Furthermore, other scales of relationship quality, well-being of the person with AD, and well-being of the caregiver were used.

RESULTS: The results showed that the SQCRC has a good internal consistency and high validity. Also, relationship quality as rated by the AD patients (r = 0.37, P < 0.1) and their caregivers (r = 0.51, P < 0.1) was significantly correlated with QOL.

CONCLUSIONS: The findings suggest that many persons with mild AD can rate their relationship quality and that the patient's self-rated relationship quality is a substantial predictor of their QOL.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Psychology
Dewey Decimal Classification:150 Psychology
Scopus Subject Areas:Health Sciences > Gerontology
Health Sciences > Geriatrics and Gerontology
Health Sciences > Psychiatry and Mental Health
Language:English
Date:1 September 2020
Deposited On:30 Mar 2020 12:20
Last Modified:23 Apr 2024 01:39
Publisher:Wiley-Blackwell Publishing, Inc.
ISSN:1346-3500
OA Status:Hybrid
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1111/psyg.12546
PubMed ID:32219988
  • Content: Published Version
  • Language: English
  • Licence: Creative Commons: Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)