Caregiver burden in partners of Vietnam War veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder.
Caregiver burden in 58 partners of Vietnam veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) was examined. The relationship between patient PTSD severity and caregiver burden, as well as the effect of several caregiver and patient variables on caregiver psychological status, was evaluated twice, an average of 8 months apart. Patient symptom severity was positively correlated with caregiver burden. Time 1 cross-sectional analysis indicated that greater caregiver burden was associated with greater caregiver psychological distress, dysphoria, and anxiety. Patient symptom severity also contributed to caregiver psychological distress; financial stress contributed to caregiver dysphoria and trait anxiety. Time 2 cross-sectional analyses essentially replicated the Time 1 findings. A third set of analyses examining change scores indicated that changes in caregiver burden for individuals in the sample positively predicted individual changes in caregiver psychological distress, dysphoria, and state anxiety.
Beckham, JC; Lytle, BL; Feldman, ME
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