Sociodemographic, physical and psychosocial factors associated with depressive behaviour in family caregivers of stroke survivors in the acute care phase Academic Article uri icon


  • PRIMARY OBJECTIVE: This study examined sociodemographic, physical and psychosocial characteristics of family caregivers of stroke survivors at risk for depression. RESEARCH DESIGN: A correlational study. METHODS AND PROCEDURES: Data were collected from 52 family caregivers and care recipients with ischemic stroke. Data were collected 1-2 days before discharge from a rehabilitative facility and at 5, 9 and 13 weeks post-discharge. MAIN OUTCOMES AND RESULTS: Compared to African Americans, Caucasians had approximately 3.7 times higher odds of being at risk. The odds of being at risk for depressive behaviour decreased by 30% for each unit increase in belonging and increased by 5% for each unit increase in burden. CONCLUSIONS: Family caregivers who are isolated from others may benefit from therapeutic interventions that facilitate social interaction and decrease caregiver burden. Ethnic differences in caregiver depression merit further research.

author list (cited authors)

  • Grant, J. S., Weaver, M., Elliott, T. R., Bartolucci, A. R., & Giger, J. N.

citation count

  • 18

publication date

  • August 2004