Social factors and depression in carers of people with dementia
Article first published online: 17 MAY 2004
Copyright © 2004 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry
Volume 19, Issue 6, pages 582–587, June 2004
How to Cite
Waite, A., Bebbington, P., Skelton-Robinson, M. and Orrell, M. (2004), Social factors and depression in carers of people with dementia. Int. J. Geriat. Psychiatry, 19: 582–587. doi: 10.1002/gps.1136
- Issue published online: 17 MAY 2004
- Article first published online: 17 MAY 2004
- Manuscript Accepted: 1 MAR 2004
- Manuscript Received: 28 AUG 2003
- life events social support
Research has highlighted the influence of psychosocial factors on the wellbeing of carers of people with dementia. This study aimed to investigate the interrelationships between life events, depression and social support in carers of people with dementia.
Participants were 72 carers of people with dementia. They were interviewed using the Bedford College Life Events and Difficulties Schedule and the Geriatric Depression Scale.
The results showed that 31 (43%) of carers were depressed. Factors associated with depression in carers were a lack of confiding relationship, depression in the person with dementia, and living with the person with dementia.
Carers of people with dementia appear more vulnerable to depression in the context of the caring experience rather than threatening life events. Copyright © 2004 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.