Effects of neuroticism and caregiver burden on caregivers’ depressive symptoms and well-being: moderating role of dispositional mindfulness

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2019
Köse, Berkay
Dispositional mindfulness means being aware of each moment, paying attention to the moment, and remembering both awareness and attention. The main aim of the current dissertation was to investigate whether dispositional mindfulness is a protective factor in the associations of neuroticism with caregiver psychological and physical well-being, and the associations of caregiver burden with caregiver psychological and physical well-being in the Turkish context. Participants of this study were caregivers of patients diagnosed with severe mental illness, and the sample was composed of 121 caregivers. Findings of the correlational analyses indicated that caregiver burden was negatively correlated with caregiver wellbeing (basic needs), caregiver wellbeing (activities of living), and mindfulness, whereas positively correlated with depression, and neuroticism. Neuroticism was negatively correlated with mindfulness, and positively correlated with depression. Also, there was no significant association of neuroticism with caregiver wellbeing (activities of living) and caregiver wellbeing (basic needs). Mindfulness was positively correlated with caregiver wellbeing (basic needs), caregiver wellbeing (activities of living), and negatively correlated with depression Findings of the moderation analyses revealed that dispositional mindfulness moderated the associations between neuroticism and caregiver wellbeing (activities of living), and caregiver burden and caregiver wellbeing (basic needs). However, dispositional mindfulness did not moderate the associations between caregiver burden and depression, neuroticism and depression, caregiver burden and caregiver wellbeing (activities of living), and neuroticism and caregiver wellbeing (basic needs). The findings, clinical implications, and strengths and limitations of the current study were discussed based on the literature.

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B. Köse, “Effects of neuroticism and caregiver burden on caregivers’ depressive symptoms and well-being: moderating role of dispositional mindfulness,” Thesis (M.S.) -- Thesis (M.S.) -- Graduate School of Social Sciences. Psychology., Middle East Technical University, 2019.