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The association between gratitude and burden in Australian mental health carers: A cross-sectional study

Stomski, N.J., Morrison, P.ORCID: 0000-0002-3389-8393, Sealey, M., Skeffington, P.ORCID: 0000-0002-4830-1131 and O'Brien, G. (2019) The association between gratitude and burden in Australian mental health carers: A cross-sectional study. Scandinavian Journal of Caring Sciences, 33 (1). pp. 215-222.

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The level of carer burden has increased as carers take on more responsibility for mental health consumers as a result of the contemporary shift in the delivery of services from institutional to community settings. Interventions are required to mitigate mental health carer burden. Therefore, we examined the association between dispositional gratitude and burden in a cross-sectional survey of 231 Australian mental health carers. Dispositional gratitude was assessed by the S-GRAT, and carer burden was measured using the Involvement Evaluation Questionnaire. The results of a general linear model demonstrated that higher levels of a lack of sense of deprivation were significantly associated with lower levels of tension, worrying and urging. In contrast, higher levels of simple appreciation were significantly associated with higher levels of supervision, worrying and urging. Our findings highlight that gratitude interventions should focus on promoting a lack of sense of deprivation and appreciation of others in order to reduce mental health carer burden.

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Health Professions
School of Psychology and Exercise Science
Publisher: Wiley
Copyright: © 2018 Nordic College of Caring Science
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