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Caregiving and coping in carers of people with anorexia nervosa admitted for intensive hospital care

Raenker, Simone, Hibbs, Rebecca, Goddard, Elizabeth, Naumann, Ulrike, Arcelus, Jon, Ayton, Agnes, Bamford, Bryony, Boughton, Nicky, Connan, Frances, Goss, Ken, Lazlo, Bert, Morgan, John, Moore, Kim, Robertson, David Brian, Schreiber-Kounine, Christa, Sharma, Sonu, Whitehead, Linette, Beecham, Jennifer, Schmidt, Ulrike and Treasure, Janet (2012) Caregiving and coping in carers of people with anorexia nervosa admitted for intensive hospital care. International Journal of Eating Disorders, 46 (4). pp. 346-354. ISSN 0276-3478

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Identification Number: 10.1002/eat.22068

Abstract

The aim of the study was to examine how carers cope practically and emotionally with caring for individuals with anorexia nervosa who require intensive hospital care. Method: This study explores objective burden (time spent with caregiving and number of tasks), subjective burden (psychological distress), and social support in a sample of parents (n 5 224) and partners (n 5 28) from a consecutive series of patients (n 5 178) admitted to inpatient units within the United Kingdom. Results: Most time was spent providing emotional support and less with practical tasks. Time spent with caregiving was associated with carer distress and was fully mediated by carer burden. This was ameliorated by social support. Partners received minimal support from others, and we found similar levels of burden and distress for mothers and partners. Discussion: The data indicate that professional and social support alleviates carer distress and may be of particular value for partners who are more isolated than parents. The data also suggest that time spent with practical support may be of more value than emotional support.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1002/(IS...
Additional Information: ©2012 by Wiley Periodicals, Inc
Divisions: Social Policy
Personal Social Services Research Unit
Subjects: R Medicine > RT Nursing
Sets: Departments > Social Policy
Research centres and groups > LSE Health and Social Care
Research centres and groups > Personal Social Services Research Unit (PSSRU)
Date Deposited: 06 Jul 2015 15:41
Last Modified: 20 Mar 2019 02:07
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/61323

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