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The Gerontologist, Vol 37, Issue 6 785-794, Copyright © 1997 by The Gerontological Society of America


Meaning in caregiving and its contribution to caregiver well-being

AE Noonan and SL Tennstedt
New England Research Institutes, Watertown, MA 02172, USA. [email protected]

This multivariate study examined the relationship between meaning in caregiving--positive beliefs about the caregiving situation and the self as caregiver--and the psychological well-being of 131 informal caregivers to community-residing frail elders. Measures of well-being included depression, self-esteem, mastery, role captivity, and loss of self. Meaning in caregiving explained a significant portion of the differences in depression and self-esteem scores even after demographic and stressor variables had been controlled. Meaning was not related to mastery, role captivity, or loss of self. The conceptual parameters of meaning in caregiving are discussed, as are directions for future research.

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