Caregiver Mental Health and Potentially Harmful Caregiving Behavior: The Central Role of Caregiver Anger

Gordon MacNeil, PhD; Jordan I. Kosberg, PhD; Daniel W. Durkin, MSW; W. Keith Dooley, PhD; Jamie DeCoster, PhD; Gail M. Williamson, PhD


Gerontologist. 2010;50(1):76-86. 

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Focus of the Study

The present study examines associations among caregiver mental health and quality of elderly care; specifically, we examine care that places older adults at risk for physical or psychological maltreatment. We tested a model in which the relations between the frequency of possible adverse behavior toward care recipients (PHB) and the caregiver anxiety, depression, and resentment are moderated and mediated by the anger experienced by the caregiver. The proposed hypotheses are found in Table 1 .


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