There is often a risk of depression in caregivers of
patients with dementia. A new study focuses on how depressive
symptoms may differ depending on the familial relationship between
caregiver and patient.
The study shows how patients' behavioral symptoms
are predictive of depression to different extents when the caregiver is
the patient's daughter versus daughter-in-law, as reported in Journal of Women's Health
, a peer-reviewed publication from Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers.
‘Patients' behavioral symptoms are predictive of depression to different extents when the caregiver is the patient's daughter versus daughter-in-law.’
In Asian societies, a daughter-in-law often takes on the caretaker
role, rather than a spouse or child, note Juwon Lee, University of
Kansas, Lawrence, Bo Kyung Sohn, Sujeong Seong and Jun-Young
Lee, Seoul National University College of Medicine, Hyunjoo
Lee, Daegu University, Gyeongsan, and Soowon Park, Seoul National
University, Republic of Korea, coauthors of the article "Impact of Behavioral Symptoms in Dementia Patients on Depression in Daughter and Daughter-in-Law Caregivers".
In both groups of caregivers, depressive symptoms increased as the
frequency and severity of a patient's behavioral symptoms rose. But the
level of depression was more strongly affected among one group of
caregivers than the other, which the authors attribute to the
relationship between patient and caregiver.
"This novel look at how factors such as relationship to the patient
can affect caregiver depression offers valuable insights to help guide
future studies and interventions aimed at understanding and safeguarding
caregiver health," says Susan G. Kornstein, Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Women's Health
Executive Director of the Virginia Commonwealth University Institute
for Women's Health, Richmond, VA, and President of the Academy of