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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.accessioned2018-03-26T01:31:13Z
dc.date.available2018-03-26T01:31:13Z
dc.date.issued2013
dc.identifier.issn0885-6230
dc.identifier.doi10.1002/gps.3941
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10072/56882
dc.description.abstractObjective The objective of this pilot study was to gather preliminary evidence on suicidal ideation in family carers of people with dementia. Methods An online, cross-sectional survey was conducted with 120 family carers, the majority of whom were located in Australia and USA. The survey included measures of suicidality, self-efficacy, physical health, depression, hopelessness, anxiety, optimism, caregiver burden, coping strategies and social support. Results Twenty-six percent of carers had contemplated suicide more than once in the previous year. Only half of these had ever told someone they might commit suicide and almost 30% said they were likely to attempt suicide in the future. Carers who had contemplated suicide had poorer mental health, lower self-efficacy for community support service use and greater use of dysfunctional coping strategies than those who had not. In a logistic regression, only depression predicted the presence of suicidal thoughts. Conclusions A significant number of people might contemplate suicide while caring for a family member with dementia. Although more research is required to confirm this finding, there are clear implications for policy and clinical practice in terms of identifying and supporting carers who are already contemplating suicide.
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dc.languageEnglish
dc.language.isoeng
dc.publisherJohn Wiley & Sons
dc.publisher.placeUnited Kingdom
dc.relation.ispartofstudentpublicationN
dc.relation.ispartofpagefrom1182
dc.relation.ispartofpageto1188
dc.relation.ispartofissue11
dc.relation.ispartofjournalInternational Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry
dc.relation.ispartofvolume28
dc.rights.retentionY
dc.subject.fieldofresearchAged Care Nursing
dc.subject.fieldofresearchClinical Sciences
dc.subject.fieldofresearchPsychology
dc.subject.fieldofresearchCognitive Sciences
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode111001
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode1103
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode1701
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode1702
dc.titleSuicidal ideation in family carers of people with dementia: A pilot study
dc.typeJournal article
dc.type.descriptionC1 - Articles
dc.type.codeC - Journal Articles
gro.facultyGriffith Health, School of Nursing and Midwifery
gro.rights.copyright© 2013 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. This is a preprint of an article published in International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, Vol. 28(11), 2013, pp. 1182-1188. The definitive version is available at http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/
gro.date.issued2015-03-20T04:33:46Z
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gro.griffith.authorDe Leo, Diego
gro.griffith.authorMoyle, Wendy
gro.griffith.authorZimmer-Gembeck, Melanie
gro.griffith.authorO'Dwyer, Siobhan


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