We are grateful for the assistance with recruitment by ARAFMI (QLD), Carers Queensland and the Redlands and Gold Coast Hospitals.
Identification of stress and coping risk and protective factors associated with changes in adjustment to caring for an adult with mental illness†
Article first published online: 4 AUG 2011
© 2011 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Journal of Clinical Psychology
Volume 67, Issue 10, pages 1064–1079, October 2011
How to Cite
Mackay, C. and Pakenham, K. I. (2011), Identification of stress and coping risk and protective factors associated with changes in adjustment to caring for an adult with mental illness. J. Clin. Psychol., 67: 1064–1079. doi: 10.1002/jclp.20829
- Issue published online: 8 SEP 2011
- Article first published online: 4 AUG 2011
- mental illness;
- stress and coping;
- quality of life
There is a paucity of theory guided longitudinal research into how carers of an adult with mental illness adapt to caregiving. This study examined changes in carer adjustment over 12 months and identified risk and protective factors using stress/coping theory. Eighty-seven carers completed questionnaires at Time 1 and 12 months later (Time 2). The risk/protective factors were background variables, coping resources, appraisals, and coping strategies. Adjustment outcomes were stable over 12 months. Stress/coping variables were associated with one or more Time 2 adjustment outcomes when controlling for initial adjustment and the direction of these associations were consistent with predictions. Findings support the application of stress/coping theory to guide identification of modifiable risk and protective factors associated with caregiver adjustment. © 2011 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J Clin Psychol 67:1–16, 2011.