The Relationship between Resilience and Quality of Life in Family Caregivers of Patients with Mental Disorders CC05-CC08
Dr. Fatemeh Noghani,
Associate Professor, Department of Nursing and Midwifery, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran.
Introduction: In the past, patients with mental disorders were often isolated, but these patients now-a-days enter the society, as therapeutic interventions have advanced. Family members play an important role in the life of many adults with mental disorders and are under considerable amounts of stress that may affect caregiver’s physical health, quality of life and resilience.
Aim:The present study aimed to determine the relationship between the resilience and quality of life in family caregivers of patients with mental disorders.
Materials and Methods: The present cross-sectional, correlational, descriptive study was conducted on 238 family caregivers of patients with mental disorders. The Short Form Health Survey (SF-36) was used to measure the quality of life and the Connor and Davidson Resilience Scale was used to measure resilience in the participants. The SF-36 consists of two general dimensions and eight domains of health and the resilience scale consists of 25 items. The data obtained through the questionnaires were analysed in SPSS version 16.0 using Pearson’s correlation test.
Results: The majority of the family caregivers were the patients’ mothers. The results showed a significant direct relationship between resilience and quality of life (p<0.001, r=0.40).
Conclusion: Resilience is a personal resource that affects quality of life directly. Resilience can enhance quality of life. The design and implementation of programs to enhance resilience and improve quality of life in family caregivers in line with the emerging needs of this group are therefore necessary.