The sudden transition to the stroke caregiver role can be a social, financial, emotional, and physical strain that impedes effective role adaptation. Mutuality and preparedness have been found to be predictors of caregiver role strain. The purpose of this cross-sectional correlational study was to investigate the relationship between stroke caregiver mutuality and preparedness for caregiving to role strain. Two hypotheses were tested in this study: 1) There will be a negative relationship between stroke caregiver mutuality and role strain, and 2) There will be a negative relationship between preparedness for caregiving and role strain. The Roy Adaptation Model guided this research. The sample consisted of 123 adult caregivers who participated in an online stroke support group. Predictor measures included mutuality and preparedness. Mutuality was measured by the Mutuality Scale and preparedness was measured by the Preparedness for Caregiving Scale. The outcome measure, role strain, was measured by the caregiver’s perception of financial, physical, and social strain. This study demonstrated that there was a statistically significant negative relationship between caregiver mutuality and role strain, r(115) = -.40, p < .001. There was a statistically significant negative relationship between preparedness for caregiving and role strain, r(120) = -.34, p < .001. These findings indicate that mutuality and preparedness are important predictors of caregiver role strain. The DNP-prepared nurse is positioned to translate the evidence of caregiver role research to the assessment, planning, and evaluation of interventions that can assist the stroke caregiver during the dynamic phases of caregiver role adaptation.
|Advisor:||Bliss, Julie B.|
|Commitee:||Raghavan, Sumithra, Smith, Carnette|
|School:||The William Paterson University of New Jersey|
|School Location:||United States -- New Jersey|
|Source:||DAI-B 79/09(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Keywords:||Mutuality, Online support groups, Preparedness, Role strain, Roy adaptation model, Stroke caregiver|
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