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Title: The effects of informal social support on depressive symptoms and life satisfaction in dementia caregivers in Hong Kong
Authors: Au, A 
Lau, KM
Koo, S
Cheung, G
Pan, PC
Wong, MK
Keywords: Caregivers
Depressive disorder
Personal satisfaction
Social support
Stress, psychological
Issue Date: 2009
Source: Hong Kong journal of psychiatry, 2009, v. 19, no. 2, p. 57-64 How to cite?
Journal: Hong Kong Journal of Psychiatry 
Abstract: Objective: To explore the relative contributions of different types of informal social support towards the well-being of caregivers for patients with dementia in Hong Kong. Participants and Methods: In this cross-sectional study, 134 caregivers for patients with dementia completed questionnaires assessing the informal social support available to them and its effect on their psychological well-being in terms of depressive symptoms and general life satisfaction. Results: Informal social support was significantly associated with the well-being of caregivers for persons with dementia. The emotional support provided by spouses and children was found to have significant correlation with enhanced life satisfaction and decreased depressive symptoms in the caregivers. Conclusions: Informal social support correlates strongly with psychological well-being in caregivers managing patients with dementia. Different sources and types of informal support can have differential effects on well-being.
ISSN: 1026-2121
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