Social support and high resilient coping in carers of people with dementia

Susan Jones, Michael Woodward, Eneida Mioshi

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High resilience is associated improved carer outcomes. Both individual factors and the availability of social support have been linked with resilience. This study was conducted to compare socio-demographic characteristics and the availability of social support for carers with low and high resilient coping, and identify if any domain of social support predicted high resilient coping in informal carers of people with dementia. The participants in this cross sectional survey included 108 informal carers of people with dementia. Findings showed the availability of emotional/informational support was most likely to predict resilient coping and tangible support the least likely. However, when controlling for all covariates, only gender predicted high resilient coping, individual social support domains were no longer significant. Therefore, as no single domain of social support has a significantly greater influence on resilient coping, therefore service providers should enable carers to build a wide, multi-function support network.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)584-589
Number of pages6
JournalGeriatric Nursing
Issue number6
Early online date6 Jun 2019
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2019

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