Perceptions of caregiver distress, health behaviors, and provider health-promoting communication and their relationship to stress management in MS caregivers

Lauren Penwell-Waines, Marie Christine Rutter Goodworth, Rhonda S. Casillas, Rebecca Rahn, Lara Stepleman

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Abstract

This study applied the Stress/Health Model to examine a novel approach for promoting stress management among 67 caregivers of persons with multiple sclerosis, who often face unique caregiving challenges. Hierarchical regressions indicated that caregiver distress (i.e., emotional burden) and engagement in other health-promoting activities (i.e., controlling alcohol use) were the best predictors of caregiver stress management. Communication with the MS care recipient’s health provider about caregiver engagement in health-promoting activities was associated with caregiver stress management, but not significantly more so than explained by the other factors (i.e., caregiver distress and engagement in health-promoting behaviors). A more controlled study would be indicated to further explain how to encourage, within the medical setting, caregiver engagement in self-care activities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)478-484
Number of pages7
JournalHealth Communication
Volume31
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2 2016

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Caregivers
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Communication
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Health care
Alcohols
multiple sclerosis
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Self Care
Health Personnel
Multiple Sclerosis
recipient
alcohol
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Perceptions of caregiver distress, health behaviors, and provider health-promoting communication and their relationship to stress management in MS caregivers. / Penwell-Waines, Lauren; Goodworth, Marie Christine Rutter; Casillas, Rhonda S.; Rahn, Rebecca; Stepleman, Lara.

In: Health Communication, Vol. 31, No. 4, 02.04.2016, p. 478-484.

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Penwell-Waines, Lauren ; Goodworth, Marie Christine Rutter ; Casillas, Rhonda S. ; Rahn, Rebecca ; Stepleman, Lara. / Perceptions of caregiver distress, health behaviors, and provider health-promoting communication and their relationship to stress management in MS caregivers. In: Health Communication. 2016 ; Vol. 31, No. 4. pp. 478-484.
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