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Predictors and Moderators of Mental and Physical Health in Elderly Parents of Adult Offspring with Special Needs.

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Item Summary Olsen, Darren L. 2019-05-28T20:36:30Z 2019-05-28T20:36:30Z 2018-08
dc.subject Developmental Disabilities
dc.subject Severe Mental Illness
dc.subject Adult Offspring
dc.subject Aging
dc.title Predictors and Moderators of Mental and Physical Health in Elderly Parents of Adult Offspring with Special Needs.
dc.type Thesis
dc.contributor.department Psychology
dcterms.abstract Many parents of adult offspring with intellectual and developmental disabilities or severe mental illnesses experience high levels of caregiver burden throughout their lives which may place them at high risk for deleterious consequences in old age. Research suggests that interpersonal and intrapersonal resources may buffer the negative effects of burden for these parents. Using data from the Wisconsin Longitudinal Study (WLS), the current study examined the memory functioning, health related quality of life, and depressive symptoms of parents of adult offspring with disabilities or long-term mental illnesses and the potential buffering effects interpersonal and intrapersonal resources on the effects of caregiver burden. Differences between the disability groups and resident status were also examined. The results showed few differences between the groups in the functioning and resource variables, suggesting similarities not seen in earlier years. The hypotheses that greater self-reported caregiver burden would significantly predict poorer health related quality of life and more depressive symptoms, and that psychological well-being would be positively associated with positive functioning across all domains were supported. However, findings related to social participation were inconsistent as few forms of social participation buffered the effects of caregiver burden on functioning in old age. Follow up analyses revealed that organization participation was most impactful only under certain circumstances, as its impact was either enhanced or reversed depending on the person’s level of perceived burden. Implications for intervention are discussed.
dcterms.description Ph.D. Thesis. University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa 2018.
dcterms.language eng
dcterms.publisher University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
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