The purpose of this project was to examine the emotional health and well-being of Canadian caregivers of persons with significant mental health or addictions problems. We assessed the emotional health of caregivers by care-receiver condition type (i.e. mental health or addictions vs. physical or other health problems), levels of caregiver stress and methods particularly for reducing stress among caregivers of persons with mental health or addictions disorders. Weighted cross-sectional data from the 2012 General Social Survey (Caregiving and Care Receiving) were modelled using weighted descriptive and logistic regression analyses to examine levels of stress and the emotional health and well-being of caregivers by care-receiver condition type. Caregivers of persons with mental health or addictions problems were more likely to report that caregiving was very stressful and that they felt depressed, tired, worried or anxious, overwhelmed; lonely or isolated; short-tempered or irritable; and resentful because of their caregiving responsibilities. The results of this study suggest that mental health and addictions caregivers may experience disparate stressors and require varying services and supports relative to caregivers of persons with physical or other health conditions.

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Keywords addictions, caregiving, family caregiving, mental health, stress and coping
Persistent URL dx.doi.org/10.1111/hsc.12366
Journal Health and Social Care in the Community
Citation
Slaunwhite, A.K. (Amanda K.), Ronis, S.T. (Scott T.), Sun, Y. (Yuewen), & Peters, P. (2017). The emotional health and well-being of Canadians who care for persons with mental health or addictions problems. Health and Social Care in the Community, 25(3), 840–847. doi:10.1111/hsc.12366