Carer burden: Associations with attachment, self-efficacy, and care-seeking

Daniel Romano, Gery C. Karantzas, Emma M. Marshall, Jeffry A. Simpson, Judith A. Feeney, Marita P. McCabe, Juwon Lee, Ellie R. Mullins

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Abstract

Familial caregiving research is yet to examine the factors that underpin the association between attachment insecurity and carer burden. Furthermore, previous research consists largely of data collected at a single point in time. This paper addresses these gaps by reporting on a study involving 57 parent–child dyads to determine whether adult children’s caregiving self-efficacy mediates the association between carer attachment insecurity and carer burden. Furthermore, care-recipient care-seeking style was investigated as a moderator of the association between carer’s attachment insecurity and their self-efficacy. Carers completed self-report measures of attachment orientations at baseline, caregiving self-efficacy at 3 months, and carer burden at 6 months. At 3 months, dyads also engaged in a video-recorded caregiving discussion task assessing care-recipient’s observed care-seeking style. The mediation effects of carer attachment orientations on burden through caregiving self-efficacy were contingent on care-recipient indirect-constructive care-seeking. Findings highlight the complex interplay between carer attachment orientations, caregiving self-efficacy, and care-recipient care-seeking style in predicting the burden experienced by adult children.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1213-1236
Number of pages24
JournalJournal of Social and Personal Relationships
Volume39
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2022
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The author(s) disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article: This work was supported by The Australian Research Council (DP160102874).

Funding Information:
We thank the various branches of Carers Australia, Uniting AgeWell, Alfred Health Carer Services, Jewish Care, and Lions Club Australia for their assistance in the recruitment of participants. We also thank the Wyndham, Manningham, Yarra Ranges, and Knox city councils, as well as the following retirement villages: Aveo, Hayville Glengollan, Bedford Heights, Yernga, Rivervue, Lifestyle, Barrina Gardens, and Gowanbrae for their involvement in recruitment. Access to the data study materials, and details regarding analytic methods will be made available upon request of the corresponding authors. The author(s) disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article: This work was supported by The Australian Research Council (DP160102874).

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© The Author(s) 2021.

Keywords

  • Attachment orientations
  • care-seeking
  • caregiver burden
  • parent-child dyads
  • self-efficacy

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