Free will perceptions, religious coping, and other mental health outcomes in caregivers of individuals with dementia

Amy Weisman de Mamani, Marc J. Weintraub, Kayla Gurak, Jessica Maura, Ana Martinez de Andino, Caitlin A. Brown

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Abstract

Caring for a person with dementia often results in depression, anxiety, and reduced quality of life (QoL). Pinpointing beliefs and practices that reduce this distress is imperative. The current study tested the hypotheses that greater free will perceptions and religious coping would be associated with greater QoL and other mental health indicators in a sample of 107 dementia caregivers. The results of regression and content analyses supported the expectation that free will and religious coping would be associated with greater QoL. Relationships also emerged among free will perceptions, religious coping, anxiety, and depression. Clinical implications are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)226-247
Number of pages22
JournalJournal of Religion, Spirituality and Aging
Volume29
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2 2017

Keywords

  • Caregiving
  • dementia
  • free will
  • quality of life
  • religious coping

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Religious studies
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies

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