Dementia and mental handicap: attitudes, emotional distress and caregiving
Language: 
English
Short Title: 
Dementia and mental handicap
Abstract: 

Against the current climate of hospital closure programmes and community care, attitudes to caregiving were examined in three groups of carers, namely mothers caring for a mentally handicapped child, mothers caring for a mentally handicapped adult and daughters caring for a parent with dementia. An 'attitude questionnaire' was developed by the author and administered, postally, to the three groups. Daughters were found to be more likely than the mothers to see their caring role in a negative way and were more inclined to favour institutional care. Possible reasons for this are discussed. The relationship between attitudes and emotional distress (as measured by the GHQ-30) were also examined for the sample as a whole. Negative and pro-institutional attitudes towards the caregiving situation were associated with elevated levels of emotional distress. Implications at both a local and a national level for all those involved with carers are discussed in the light of these findings.

Author(s): 
Whittick, J. E.
Item Type: 
Journal Article
Publication Title: 
The British Journal of Medical Psychology
Journal Abbreviation: 
Br J Med Psychol
Publication Date: 
1989-06
Publication Year: 
1989
Pages: 
181-189
Volume: 
62 ( Pt 2)
ISSN: 
0007-1129
Library Catalog: 
PubMed
Extra: 
PMID: 2751947

Turabian/Chicago Citation

J. E. Whittick. 1989-06. "Dementia and mental handicap: attitudes, emotional distress and caregiving." The British Journal of Medical Psychology 62 ( Pt 2): 181-189.

Wikipedia Citation

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