The aim of the present study is to examine the extent to which caregiving stressors could explain change in family relationships over time - a construct termed stress proliferation - in a secondary analysis of an existing database. The sample of caregivers and care recipients (N = 132) was drawn mainly from records held by general practitioners in Glasgow. Care recipients were aged 65 years and over, and the majority had impaired hearing. Caregivers were younger non-spouse relatives of care recipients. Using hierarchical multiple regression analysis, two stressors were found to be significantly related to deterioration in family relationships over a period of six months, irrespective of change in caregiver distress: the care recipient's hearing disability (ß = -0.21), and change in the caregiver's negative reactions to caregiving (ß = -0.23).
- family relationships