Perceived Life Changes and Feelings of Depression in Caregivers of Persons with Stroke

by Jorstad, Michele L.

Abstract (Summary)
The relationship between perceived life changes related to caring and feelings of depression in caregivers of persons with stroke was examined. A convenience sample of caregivers (n = 29) who were receiving ongoing support completed two questionnaires: Bakas Caregiving Outcomes Scale (BCOS) and Center for Epidemiologic Studies Depression Scale (CES-D). Subjects were primarily white, middle-aged spouses who had been caring for the person with stroke for about a year. The mean score on the BCOS was 55.79, indicating an overall change for the worst due to the caregiving role. The item addressing time for social activities with friends resulted in the lowest score. The mean score on the CES-D was 33.86, indicating a risk for clinical depression. Correlational analysis found that as perceived life changes decreased (changed for the worst), feelings of depression increased. Interventions aimed at decreasing the negative perceived life changes related to caring need further exploration.
Bibliographical Information:


School:University of Toledo Health Science Campus

School Location:USA - Ohio

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:caregivers life changes depression stroke


Date of Publication:01/01/2004

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