The objective of this study was to examine the influence of health status, demographics, duration of bereavement, caregiving experience, and the use of formal services on bereavement adjustment for caregivers. Participants were 151 bereaved family caregivers who participated in a telephone survey. The most frequently reported symptoms by caregivers were sleeplessness, followed by depression, and loss of appetite. One hundred thirty-five respondents (89%) felt that things were going reasonably well for themselves at the time of the interview, and 91 respondents (60%) had come to terms with their loved one's death. Hierarchical regression models revealed that being a younger caregiver, reporting poorer mental health status, and being the spouse of the care recipient were predictive of a greater number of reported depressive symptoms in bereavement. Poorer mental health status, being a spousal caregiver, and reporting negative consequences of caregiving on caregiver's health were predictive of poorer recovery in bereavement. Study results also revealed that relatives and friends played an important role in assisting the bereaved to manage the bereavement process. This article identifies factors associated with poor reactions in bereavement and that bereavement as a social process where family and friends play an important role in the recovery process.
|Number of pages||12|
|Journal||Journal of Mental Health and Aging|
|Publication status||Published - 01 Sep 2003|