Relationship Between Care Burden and Religious Beliefs Among Family Caregivers of Mentally Ill Patients

Asadi, Parisa. and Fereidooni-Moghadam, Malek. and Dashtbozorgi, Bahman. and Masoudi, Reza. (2018) Relationship Between Care Burden and Religious Beliefs Among Family Caregivers of Mentally Ill Patients. Journal of Religion and Health.


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Families are considered as primary sources of care forindividuals suffering frommental disorders. However, one of the major stresses in families is the infliction of a family member with mental illnesses causing dysfunction in health dimensions or generally their quality of life. Currently, most experts believethat religion can affect physical health and other aspects of humanlife. So,the aim of this study was to investigate ‘‘the relationship between care burden and religious beliefs among family caregivers of mentally ill patients.’’ This cross-sectional study was carried out in Iran on 152 families with mentally ill patients who were hospitalized in psychiatric wards. The sampling method was nonprobability and consecutive sampling method. The data collection instruments included a demographic characteristic questionnaire, Religious Beliefs, and Zarit Care Burden Questionnaires. The mean score for care burden was 30.99 (SD = 16.45). 5.9% of the participants reported a low level, and 39.5% experienced a moderate level of care burden. Moreover, the mean score for religious beliefs was 115.5 (SD = 13.49), and majority of the participants (70.4%) were endowed with strong religious beliefs. There were no significant associations between care burden and intensity of religious beliefs among the study samples (P = 0.483). Consideringthe results ofthis studyindicating experience of moderate-to-highlevels of care burden in families with mentally ill patients, it is recommended to consider such families and their religious beliefs as contributing factors in coping with challenges of mental disorders

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Burden of illness , Religious beliefs , Family caregivers ,Mental patients, Iran
Subjects: WM Psychiatry
Divisions: Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery
Depositing User: Users 1 not found.
Date Deposited: 27 Aug 2018 06:56
Last Modified: 27 Aug 2018 06:56

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