Caregivers’ self-efficacy and burden of managing behavioral problems in Taiwanese aged 65 and over with dementia

Shu-Lin Uei1, Huei-Chuan Sung2, Mei-Sang Yang3
1Department of Nursing, Kaohsiung Medical University and Mennonite Christian Hospital, Hualien, Taiwan, Taiwan
2Department of Nursing, Tzu Chi College of Technology, Taiwan
3College of Nursing, Kaohsiung Medical University, Taiwan
Cite this article:  Uei, S.-L., Sung, H.-C., & Yang, M.-S. (2013). Caregivers’ self-efficacy and burden of managing behavioral problems in Taiwanese aged 65 and over with dementia. Social Behavior and Personality: An international journal, 41(9), 1487-1496.

Volume 41 Issue 9 | e3353 | Published: October 2013 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2224/sbp.2013.41.9.1487

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In this study we explored caregivers’ self-efficacy for managing people aged 65 and over with dementia behavior disturbance (DBD) and examined factors associated with the perception of care burden. A purposive sample of 162 community-dwelling people aged 65 and over with dementia and 162 primary family caregivers in Taiwan participated. The results revealed that frequency of DBD, caregivers’ female gender, caregivers’ level of education, relationship with care recipient, hours of care, and caregiver’s self-efficacy in managing DBD were significantly correlated to the care burden, and explained up to 36.1% of the variance. Moreover, self-efficacy of DBD management in relation to inappropriate sexual behaviors, aggressive behaviors, general aimlessness, and lack of cooperation significantly contributed to the caregivers’ perception of care burden. Healthcare professionals could use these results to design appropriate interventions to alleviate the care burden.

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