Predicting depressive symptoms among the mothers of children with leukaemia: A caregiver stress model perspective

Demirtepe-Saygili, Dilek
Bozo Özen, Özlem
The aim of this study was to find out the predictors of depressive symptoms of mothers of children with leukaemia. The potential predictors were chosen in the light of the caregiver stress model [Pearlin, Mullan, Semple, and Skaff, 1990. Caregiving and the stress process: An overview of concepts and their measures. The Gerontologist, 30(5), 583-594.], which examines the caregiver stress as composed of many factors such as the background variables, primary and secondary stressors, mediators and psychological health outcomes. This study included the caregiving tasks, basic needs of the caregivers and role strain as the stressors; coping strategies and perceived social support as mediators and depressive symptoms as the outcome variable. The participants of this study were 90 mothers of children with leukaemia. The results revealed that the satisfaction level of the basic needs and role strain were the predictors of the depressive symptoms. While emotion-focussed coping and perceived social support mediated the stressors and the depressive symptoms relationship, problem-focussed coping did not. The possible explanations of the results were explored and the implications were discussed.


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The present study examined the moderating role of perceived social support in caregiver well-being indicators - psychological symptoms relationship. The data obtained from 100 caregivers of children with leukaemia revealed that the caregivers who were more able to satisfy their basic needs, and perform their daily activities, reported lower levels of psychological symptoms if they perceived higher levels of social support. However, perceived social support did not alleviate the level of psychological sympto...
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D. Demirtepe-Saygili and Ö. Bozo Özen, “Predicting depressive symptoms among the mothers of children with leukaemia: A caregiver stress model perspective,” PSYCHOLOGY & HEALTH, pp. 585–599, 2011, Accessed: 00, 2020. [Online]. Available: