Distress and Causal Attributions Associated with Caring for Family Members with Senile Dementia

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A sample of 22 persons who care for relatives exhibiting initial symptoms of senile dementia were administered paper-and- pencil questionnaires to determine their level of subjective burden and psychological symptomatology. Each participant's attributional style was measured on an internal-external dimension, and their causal attributions regarding their relative's symptomatic behaviors were assessed. Results indicated that attributional style did not predict specific attributions about illness-related behaviors, but the tendency to not blame an afflicted relative for their behavior was predictive of subjective burden and symptoms of depression and anxiety. Subjective burden was found to predict feelings of hostility in caregivers.

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Henschel, Peter W. (Peter William) August 1993.

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A sample of 22 persons who care for relatives exhibiting initial symptoms of senile dementia were administered paper-and- pencil questionnaires to determine their level of subjective burden and psychological symptomatology. Each participant's attributional style was measured on an internal-external dimension, and their causal attributions regarding their relative's symptomatic behaviors were assessed. Results indicated that attributional style did not predict specific attributions about illness-related behaviors, but the tendency to not blame an afflicted relative for their behavior was predictive of subjective burden and symptoms of depression and anxiety. Subjective burden was found to predict feelings of hostility in caregivers.

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Henschel, Peter W. (Peter William). Distress and Causal Attributions Associated with Caring for Family Members with Senile Dementia, thesis, August 1993; Denton, Texas. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc501261/: accessed November 19, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .