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Demographic predictors of wellbeing in Carers of people with psychosis: Secondary analysis of trial data

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  • C.M. Hazell
  • M. Hayward
  • F. Lobban
  • A. Pandey
  • V. Pinfold
  • H.E. Smith
  • C.J. Jones
Article number269
<mark>Journal publication date</mark>2/06/2020
<mark>Journal</mark>BMC Psychiatry
Issue number1
Number of pages9
Publication StatusPublished
<mark>Original language</mark>English


BACKGROUND: Carers of people with psychosis are at a greater risk of physical and mental health problems compared to the general population. Yet, not all carers will experience a decline in health. This predicament has provided the rationale for research studies exploring what factors predict poor wellbeing in carers of people with psychosis. Our study builds on previous research by testing the predictive value of demographic variables on carer wellbeing within a single regression model.

METHODS: To achieve this aim, we conducted secondary analysis on two trial data sets that were merged and recoded for the purposes of this study.

RESULTS: Contrary to our hypotheses, only carer gender and age predicted carer wellbeing; with lower levels of carer wellbeing being associated with being female or younger (aged under 50). However, the final regression model explained only 11% of the total variance.

CONCLUSIONS: Suggestions for future research are discussed in light of the limitations inherent in secondary analysis studies. Further research is needed where sample sizes are sufficient to explore the interactive and additive impact of other predictor variables.