Religion and Free Will Perceptions as Coping Mechanisms in Caregivers of Individuals With Dementia: A Review of the Literature

Amy Weisman de Mamani, Marc J. Weintraub, Carolina C. Tauler, Kayla Gurak, Jessica Maura, Michael G. Mejia, Stephen Sapp

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Abstract

Looking after a person with a mental illness takes a profound toll on the caregiver (Spurlock, 2005; Suro & Weisman de Mamani, 2013). Pinpointing beliefs and practices that can ameliorate this distress is critical. Inferring from related literatures, we propose that individuals who are more religious and endorse greater perceptions of free will may adapt more effectively to the stresses associated with caregiving. Implications from this review suggest that promoting adaptive religious beliefs and fostering the notion of free will may serve as beneficial strategies for caregivers of individuals with dementia. More empirical research on this topic is clearly warranted.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)201-214
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Religion, Spirituality and Aging
Volume26
Issue number2-3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2014

Keywords

  • caregiver burden
  • caregivers
  • dementia
  • free will perceptions
  • religion

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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