INVESTIGATING THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN CAREGIVER BURDEN AND LIFE SATISFACTION OF FEMALE FAMILY MEMBERS OF SCHISOPHRENIA DIAGNOSED INDIVIDUALS

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Author(s): Nurdan DUMAN, Fatma ├ľzg├╝ SERTTA?, ?├╝kran KOLAY ├çEPN?, Esra KILI├ç CEYHAN, ├çi├žek Nilsu VARLIKLAR DEM?RKAZIK

The aim of the study is to investigate the relationship between caregiver burden and life satisfaction of female family members of schizophrenia diagnosed individuals. This study was conducted with 28 female family members of schizophrenia individuals who received service from a community mental health center in Ankara. Most of the participants were mothers and sisters of schizophrenia diagnosed individuals (%57 of them were mothers, %17 were sisters). Personal information form, Zarit Caregiver Burden Scale, and Life Satisfaction Scale were used as data collection tools. Correlational research design was used and non-parametric Spearman test was performed. The analysis result indicated that there is a significant relationship between the dimensions of care burden scale and life satisfaction (p<.05). As the burden of care increases, life satisfaction decreases. The study relates gender inequality and the burden of care as women’s responsibility. It is suggested that practices and social policies that support the sharing of care burden in the context of gender equality are needed to increase the life satisfaction of caregiver women.

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