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Quality-of-life predictors for caregivers at 1 and 6 months poststroke: Results of path analyses.

Van Puymbroeck M, Rittman MR. Quality-of-life predictors for caregivers at 1 and 6 months poststroke: Results of path analyses. Journal of rehabilitation research and development. 2005 Nov 1; 42(6):747-60.

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In this study, weused path analyses to test a theoretical model of influences on quality of life (QOL) for stroke caregivers at 1 and 6 months poststroke. We examined data from two points in time to determine the influence of stroke survivor and caregiver characteristics on QOL for stroke caregivers. Stroke survivor and caregiver characteristics had some direct influence on QOL outcomes for stroke caregivers at both 1 and 6 months poststroke. However, the most influential factor at both time points on each QOL component was sense of coherence (SOC). SOC is a relatively new factor in QOL and caregiver literature and is essentially the ability of caregivers to mobilize their coping resources during periods of stress. Caregivers who were able to mobilize these resources effectively experienced less burden in four QOL components and fewer symptoms of depression.

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