Title

The Impact of Family Functioning on Caregiver Burden among Caregivers of Veterans with Congestive Heart Failure

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2010

Keywords

caregiver burden, caregiving, family functioning

Abstract

A cross-sectional study of 76 family caregivers of older veterans with congestive heart failure utilized the McMaster model of family functioning to examine the impact of family functioning variables (problem solving, communication, roles, affective responsiveness, and affective involvement) on caregiver burden dimensions (relationship burden, objective burden, stress burden, and uplifts). Regression analyses indicated that the five dimensions of family functioning were significantly related (p < 0.01) to relationship burden (R 2 = .27) and uplifts (R 2 = .29). More specifically, increased relationship burden was associated with problems in family roles, and increased uplifts was related to higher levels of affective responsiveness.

Published In

Journal of Family Social Work

Volume

13

Issue

5

Pages

451-462