Spirituality and psychological well-being: testing a theory of family interdependence among family caregivers and their elders.


Journal Article

The family spirituality-psychological well-being model was developed and tested to explore how spirituality influences psychological well-being among elders and caregivers in the context of Korean family caregiving. The sample consisted of 157 Korean elder-family caregiver dyads in Seoul, Korea. The intraclass correlation coefficient and the actor-partner interdependence statistical model were used to analyze the data. There were significant correlations between elders' and caregivers' spirituality and between elders' and caregivers' psychological well-being. Elders' and caregivers' spirituality significantly influenced their own psychological well-being. The caregiver's spirituality significantly influenced the elder's psychological well-being, but the elder's spirituality did not significantly influence the caregiver's psychological well-being. Findings suggest that elders' and caregivers' spirituality should be assessed within the family to provide holistic nursing interventions.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Kim, S-S; Reed, PG; Hayward, RD; Kang, Y; Koenig, HG

Published Date

  • April 2011

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 34 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 103 - 115

PubMed ID

  • 21246570

Pubmed Central ID

  • 21246570

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1098-240X

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1002/nur.20425


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States