The relationship between the positive aspects of caring and the personal growth of caregivers of patients with advanced oncological illness: Postraumattic growth and caregiver

Carolina Palacio*, Joaquín T. Limonero

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Abstract

OBJECTIVE: Examine the relationship between the positive aspects of care and the personal growth of caregivers of patients with advanced oncological illness.

METHODS: This research was a quantitative study with a transversal design. One hundred (100) informal caregivers filled out self-applied questionnaire on resilience, aspects of care, emotional distress, spirituality, and posttraumatic growth. Descriptive statistics were applied to the data, later correlation, and regression, and comparative analyses were conducted.

RESULTS: The participants were mainly women (86%) with an average care period of 12 months. The average age was 46.52 years. The highest scores were evidenced in positive aspects of caretaking, spirituality, personal growth, and distress, while the lowest score was seen in questions related to resilience. There was a negative inverse correlation among emotional distress, resilience, spirituality, and posttraumatic growth (p < .05) and a positive correlation among resilience, spirituality, posttraumatic growth, and the positive aspects of caretaking (p < .01). There were significant differences among the items related to emotional distress, resilience, and posttraumatic growth. The linear regression analysis showed that as resilience, spirituality, and the positive aspects of care increased, so did posttraumatic growth.

SIGNIFICANT RESULTS: To promote the perception of benefits among caregivers, resilience and the identification of meaning in the caregiving experience of patients with advanced oncological illness can be considered protective factors favoring adaptation and reducing negative moods.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)3007-3013
Number of pages7
JournalSupportive Care in Cancer
Volume28
Issue number7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2020

Keywords

  • Caregiver
  • Emotional distress
  • Personal growth
  • Positive aspects of care
  • Resilience
  • Spirituality
  • Humans
  • Middle Aged
  • Male
  • Empathy
  • Caregivers/psychology
  • Regression Analysis
  • Neoplasms/psychology
  • Female
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Evaluation Studies as Topic
  • Adaptation, Psychological

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