Correlates of health-related quality of life in african american and caucasian stroke caregivers

Olivio J. Clay, Joan S. Grant, Virginia G. Wadley, Martinique M. Perkins, William E. Haley, David L Roth

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Objective: Stroke is a leading cause of long-term disability in the United States. Family caregivers are susceptible to negative outcomes as a result of their caregiving role. A stress process model was utilized to identify characteristics of stroke caregivers who are at risk for poor physical and mental health-related quality of life (QOL). Research Method: Individuals who experienced an incident stroke event within the previous year were identified from a larger epidemiologic study of stroke incidence. These stroke survivors were enrolled in the Caring for Adults Recovering from the Effects of Stroke (CARES) study along with their primary family caregivers (N = 146 dyads). Caregivers completed a baseline telephone interview that assessed physical and mental health-related QOL, problems their family members were experiencing, appraisals of those problems, and caregiver resources. Results: Objective stressors, appraisals, and caregiver resources were related to caregiver physical and mental health-related QOL, ps

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)28-35
Number of pages8
JournalRehabilitation Psychology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2013



  • Health disparities
  • Health-related quality of life
  • Social support
  • Stress process
  • Stroke caregiving

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Rehabilitation

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