Alzheimer's aggression: influences on caregiver coping and resilience
This study assessed impact of Alzheimer's patients' aggressive behavior (AD aggression) on caregiver coping strategies (task-, emotion-, and avoidance-focused) and caregiver resilience, and examined whether coping strategy moderated the AD aggression-caregiver resilience relationship. Informal caregivers across Louisiana (N = 419) completed surveys with measures of demographics, AD aggression, caregiver coping strategies, and caregiver resilience. Task-focused coping positively related to resilience. Aggression negatively predicted caregiver resilience. Emotion- and avoidance-focused coping strategies separately interacted with aggression and increased its negative relationship to caregiver resilience. Task-focused coping showed no moderation. Implications for social work professionals are discussed.
Publication Source (Journal or Book title)
Journal of gerontological social work
Wilks, S. E., Little, K. G., Gough, H. R., & Spurlock, W. J. (2011). Alzheimer's aggression: influences on caregiver coping and resilience. Journal of gerontological social work, 54 (3), 260-75. https://doi.org/10.1080/01634372.2010.544531