Resilience, Caregiving Burden And Quality Of Life In Egyptian Family Caregivers Of Patients With Schizophrenia | 104372
International Journal of Emergency Mental Health and Human Resilience
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Introduction: Caring for mentally ill patients affects the family caregivers' physical and mental health which leads to a lot of
burdens. Consequently, family caregivers need resilience to help in relieve this burden and to regain their quality of life.
Objective: The present study was designed to assess the levels of resilience, burden and quality of life among family caregivers
of patients with schizophrenia and their relationships.
Setting: The study was conducted at the psychiatric outpatient clinic of Mental Health Hospital in Tanta City (which is affiliated
to General Secretariat of Mental Health) and Psychiatric Outpatient Clinic Affiliated to Tanta University.
Subjects: A descriptive correlational design was utilized in the study, using a convenient sample of family caregivers of patients
with schizophrenia (N=109).
Tools: Connor Davidson Resilience Scale (CD-RISC), Burden of Care Inventory and the World Health Organization Quality
of Life Scale.
Results: The present study indicated a significant positive correlation between resilience level and quality of life. On the other
hand, caregiving burden was negatively correlated with each of resilience and quality of life. Moreover, family caregivers have
a moderate level of resilience and around two-thirds of them have the poor overall quality of life and experiencing moderate
to the severe burden.
Conclusion: The present study concluded that decreasing family caregivers' burden and enhancing their quality of life is
imperative, this can be done by emphasizing the significant role of resilience.
Recommendations: A rehabilitation program and ongoing interventions for family caregivers should be established to enhance
their resilience and consequently to decrease their burden and improve their quality of life.
Souzan Abd El-Menem Abd El-Ghafar Harfush has completed her PhD at the age of 32 years (since 18 months) from Tanta University, faulty of nursing. She has published 2 papers in reputed journals. Occupy the position of lecturer in psychiatric and mental health nursing department, faculty of nursing, Tanta University