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dc.contributor.authorO'Dwyer, Siobhan T
dc.contributor.authorMoyle, Wendy
dc.contributor.authorZimmer-Gembeck, Melanie
dc.contributor.authorDe Leo, Diego
dc.date.accessioned2018-10-04T01:30:34Z
dc.date.available2018-10-04T01:30:34Z
dc.date.issued2016
dc.identifier.issn1360-7863
dc.identifier.doi10.1080/13607863.2015.1063109
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10072/141167
dc.description.abstractObjective: Two small studies have suggested that family carers of people with dementia may be a high-risk group for suicide. The objective of this study was to further explore the rate of suicidal ideation in a large sample of carers and identify psychosocial risk and protective factors. Method: A cross-sectional survey was conducted with 566 family carers. The survey included measures of suicidality, self-efficacy, physical health, depression, anxiety, hopelessness, optimism, burden, coping strategies, and social support. Results: Sixteen percent of carers had contemplated suicide more than once in the previous year. There were univariate differences between suicidal and non-suicidal carers on self-efficacy, social support, coping, burden, depression, anxiety, hopelessness, optimism, reasons for living, and symptoms of dementia, as well as age and income management. In a multivariate model, age, depression, and reasons for living predicted suicidal ideation. In tests for mediation, satisfaction with social support and dysfunctional coping had indirect effects on suicidal ideation via depression. Conclusion: Family carers of people with dementia have high rates of suicidal ideation, with depression a risk factor and increasing age and reasons for living as protective factors. Depression and reasons for living should be targeted in interventions to reduce suicide risk in dementia carers.
dc.description.peerreviewedYes
dc.languageEnglish
dc.language.isoeng
dc.publisherTaylor & Francis
dc.relation.ispartofpagefrom222
dc.relation.ispartofpageto230
dc.relation.ispartofissue2
dc.relation.ispartofjournalAging and Mental Health
dc.relation.ispartofvolume20
dc.subject.fieldofresearchPsychology not elsewhere classified
dc.subject.fieldofresearchMedical and Health Sciences
dc.subject.fieldofresearchStudies in Human Society
dc.subject.fieldofresearchPsychology and Cognitive Sciences
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode170199
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode11
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode16
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode17
dc.titleSuicidal ideation in family carers of people with dementia
dc.typeJournal article
dc.type.descriptionC1 - Articles
dc.type.codeC - Journal Articles
gro.facultyGriffith Health, School of Nursing and Midwifery
gro.hasfulltextNo Full Text
gro.griffith.authorDe Leo, Diego
gro.griffith.authorMoyle, Wendy
gro.griffith.authorZimmer-Gembeck, Melanie
gro.griffith.authorO'Dwyer, Siobhan


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