The Effects of Emotional Support and Physical Help on the Health of Caregivers of Persons with Stroke

by Nofziger, Erin J.

Abstract (Summary)
The purpose of this study was to examine the effects, in the first 6 months of caring, of emotional support and physical help on the health of first-time caregivers of persons with stroke. This study was a secondary analysis of data collected during baseline, 3-month, and 6-month telephone interviews for a large NIH study. Only the control group for the NIH study was used (n = 40) and a descriptive-correlational designwas employed. The data were analyzed using non-parametric statistics. Caregivers' perceived health and their receipt of emotional support and physical help did not change significantly over time. A significant, positive relationship was found to exist between emotional support and caregiver health at 6 months. Nurses can help preserve the stability of caregivers’ health during the initial 6 months of caring and beyond by assisting them to establish and maintain an accessible network of emotional and physical support from family, friends, and formal services.
Bibliographical Information:


School:University of Toledo Health Science Campus

School Location:USA - Ohio

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:caregivers stroke cva health emotional support physical help


Date of Publication:01/01/2006

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