Factors Associated with Stroke Survivor Behaviors as Identified by Family Caregivers
Article first published online: 17 MAY 2013
© 2013 Association of Rehabilitation Nurses
Volume 38, Issue 4, pages 202–211, July/August 2013
How to Cite
Gonzalez, C. and Bakas, T. (2013), Factors Associated with Stroke Survivor Behaviors as Identified by Family Caregivers. Rehabilitation Nursing, 38: 202–211. doi: 10.1002/rnj.85
- Issue published online: 8 JUL 2013
- Article first published online: 17 MAY 2013
- Manuscript Accepted: 16 SEP 2012
- National Institute for Nursing Research
- NIH. Grant Numbers: K01 NR008712, R01 NR010388, P30 NR05035
- Family caregiving;
- psychosocial issues
Stroke survivor behaviors that caregivers identify as bothersome can lead to family caregiver stress, which can result in premature institutionalization of the survivor. The purpose of this study was to explore demographic and theory-based factors associated with survivor bothersome behaviors as identified by family caregivers.
A secondary analysis of a combined sample of 96 family caregivers of stroke survivors was conducted using baseline data from two existing studies. Bothersome behaviors were measured using the Revised Memory and Behavior Problems Checklist (RMBPC). Theory-based factors were measured using well-validated scales.
Male stroke survivors exhibited more bothersome behaviors (t = 3.53, p < .01). After controlling for survivor gender, 35% of the variance in bothersome behaviors was explained by caregiver depressive symptoms, task difficulty, life changes, and threat appraisal (F[5, 88] = 10.82, p < .001).
These results identify potential areas for nursing interventions designed to reduce bothersome behaviors as identified by family caregivers.