Relatives of patients with severe mental disorders: unique traits and experiences of primary, nonprimary, and lone caregivers.
The authors examined caregivers' characteristics and experiences. Previously suggested principles for identifying the primary caregiver in 22 multiple-caregiver families were assessed, but none reliably distinguished the primary caregiver. The authors then compared primary (n = 22), nonprimary (n = 22), and lone caregivers' (n = 43) appraisals of caregiving and psychological distress. Lone and primary caregivers' experiences were similar, but nonprimary caregivers' experiences were less adver...Expand abstract
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