Journal Article

Health promotion behaviors in Chinese family caregivers of patients with stroke

Yu-Ying Tang and Shu-Pi Chen

in Health Promotion International

Volume 17, issue 4, pages 329-339
Published in print December 2002 | ISSN: 0957-4824
Published online December 2002 | e-ISSN: 1460-2245 | DOI:
Health promotion behaviors in Chinese family caregivers of patients with stroke

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The purpose of this study was to explore the relationship between and among the caregiver’s personal factors, the care recipient’s functional status, the caregiver’s perceived self-efficacy, social support, reactions to caregiving, and health promotion behaviors in family caregivers of community-dwelling stroke patients in Taiwan. A structured home-interview survey methodology was used to collect data from 134 primary caregivers responsible for care of stroke patients in Taipei, Taiwan. The study results indicated that, in general, caregivers were female spousal caregivers (mean age 52 years, average caregiving period 24 months). Regression analyses revealed that the caregiver’s health status was the strongest positive predictor of caregiver self-efficacy. Spousal caregivers with a better-perceived health status were more satisfied with their resources of social supports. Spousal caregivers with poor perceived health status had a higher level of caregiving strain. Results for the overall model indicated caregiver’s social support and the care recipient’s functional status made significant contributions in explaining the caregiver’s health promotion behaviors. Implications for further practice suggest establishing community training programs and support groups for family caregivers.

Keywords: caregiving; health promotion; self-efficacy; social support

Journal Article.  6289 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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