Predictors of psychological distress in family caregivers of persons with psychiatric disabilities

J Psychiatr Ment Health Nurs. 2003 Oct;10(5):592-607. doi: 10.1046/j.1365-2850.2003.00623.x.


The purpose of the study was to determine the relationships of primary and secondary stressors, and informal and formal supports, to psychological distress in 154 family caregivers of persons with psychiatric disabilities. All caregivers were members of self-help groups located in the Province of Quebec in Canada. Psychological distress was significantly lower among older caregivers, those working full time, and those experiencing lower objective and subjective burdens. Contrary to the hypotheses, caregivers who perceived more support from friends and had more contacts with their relatives' primary mental health providers experienced a higher level of psychological distress.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Caregivers / psychology*
  • Cost of Illness
  • Depression / psychology*
  • Family / psychology*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Mental Disorders / psychology
  • Mental Disorders / therapy*
  • Persons with Mental Disabilities*
  • Prospective Studies
  • Social Support
  • Surveys and Questionnaires