Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/22907
Title: Social support and well-being in dementia family caregivers : the mediating role of self-efficacy
Authors: Au, A 
Lai, MK
Lau, KM
Pan, PC
Lam, L
Thompson, L
Gallagher-Thompson, D
Keywords: Caregivers
Dementia
Self-efficacy
Social support
Well-being
Issue Date: 2009
Publisher: Routledge Journals, Taylor & Francis Ltd
Source: Aging and mental health, 2009, v. 13, no. 5, p. 761-768 How to cite?
Journal: Aging and Mental Health 
Abstract: Objectives: The study investigated self-efficacy as a possible mediator of the relationship between the social support and depressive symptoms of primarily informal caregivers, mainly family members, of patients with dementia in Hong Kong. Method: One hundred and thirty-four caregivers were interviewed. Path analyses were conducted using a self-efficacy scale that consists of three subscales assessing three domains of caregiving self-efficacy. Self-efficacy for obtaining respite, responding to disruptive patient behaviours, and controlling upsetting thoughts about caregiving were measured. Results: Results showed that self-efficacy acted as a partial mediator between social support and depressive symptoms of these caregivers. Conclusion: Findings suggest that self-efficacy may function as a mechanism through which social support influences depressive symptoms, and the importance of this self-efficacy mechanism can be domain-specific.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/22907
DOI: 10.1080/13607860902918223
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