Spirituality and psychological well-being: Testing a theory of family interdependence among family caregivers and their elders

Suk Sun Kim, Pamela G. Reed, R. David Hayward, Youngmi Kang, Harold G. Koenig

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Abstract

The family spirituality-psychological well-being model was developed and tested to explore how spirituality influences psychological well-being among elders and caregivers in the context of Korean family caregiving. The sample consisted of 157 Korean elder-family caregiver dyads in Seoul, Korea. The intraclass correlation coefficient and the actor-partner interdependence statistical model were used to analyze the data. There were significant correlations between elders' and caregivers' spirituality and between elders' and caregivers' psychological well-being. Elders' and caregivers' spirituality significantly influenced their own psychological well-being. The caregiver's spirituality significantly influenced the elder's psychological well-being, but the elder's spirituality did not significantly influence the caregiver's psychological well-being. Findings suggest that elders' and caregivers' spirituality should be assessed within the family to provide holistic nursing interventions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)103-115
Number of pages13
JournalResearch in Nursing and Health
Volume34
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2011

Keywords

  • Family caregiving
  • Korean
  • Psychological well-being
  • Spirituality

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)

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