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Does a Helping Hand Mean a Heavy Heart? Helping Behavior and Well-Being Among Spouse Caregivers

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  • Additional Information
    • Publication Date:
      2010
    • Abstract:
      Being a caregiver for an ill or disabled loved one is widely recognized as a threat to the caregiver’s quality of life. Nonetheless, research indicates that helping behavior, broadly construed, promotes well-being. Could helping behavior in a caregiving context promote well-being as well? In the present study, we used ecological momentary assessment to measure active helping behavior and both positive and negative affect in 73 spouse caregivers. Results indicate that when controlling for care recipient illness status and functional impairment and caregiver “on call” caregiving time, active helping predicted greater caregiver positive affect—especially for individuals who perceived themselves as interdependent with their spouse. In addition, although both helping and on-call time predicted greater negative affect for caregivers who perceived low interdependence, helping was unrelated to negative affect among caregivers perceiving high interdependence. Helping valued loved ones may promote caregivers’ well-being.
    • Author Affiliations:
      1Department of Internal Medicine, University of Michigan
    • ISSN:
      0882-7974
    • Online Access: http://ovidsp.ovid.com/ovidweb.cgi?T=JS&PAGE=fulltext&D=ovft&CSC=Y&NEWS=N&SEARCH=00002004-201003000-00002.an
    • Rights:
      © 2010 by the American Psychological Association
    • Accession Number:
      edsovi.00002004.201003000.00002
  • Citations
    • ABNT:
      MICHAEL J., P. et al. Does a Helping Hand Mean a Heavy Heart? Helping Behavior and Well-Being Among Spouse Caregivers. Psychology and Aging, [s. l.], v. 25, n. 1, p. 108–117, 2010. Disponível em: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsovi&AN=edsovi.00002004.201003000.00002. Acesso em: 23 nov. 2020.
    • AMA:
      Michael J. P, Stephanie L. B, Peter A. U, Dylan M. S, Aleksandra J, Kenneth M. L. Does a Helping Hand Mean a Heavy Heart? Helping Behavior and Well-Being Among Spouse Caregivers. Psychology and Aging. 2010;25(1):108-117. Accessed November 23, 2020. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsovi&AN=edsovi.00002004.201003000.00002
    • APA:
      Michael J., P., Stephanie L., B., Peter A., U., Dylan M., S., Aleksandra, J., & Kenneth M., L. (2010). Does a Helping Hand Mean a Heavy Heart? Helping Behavior and Well-Being Among Spouse Caregivers. Psychology and Aging, 25(1), 108–117.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Michael J., Poulin, Brown Stephanie L., Ubel Peter A., Smith Dylan M., Jankovic Aleksandra, and Langa Kenneth M. 2010. “Does a Helping Hand Mean a Heavy Heart? Helping Behavior and Well-Being Among Spouse Caregivers.” Psychology and Aging 25 (1): 108–17. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsovi&AN=edsovi.00002004.201003000.00002.
    • Harvard:
      Michael J., P. et al. (2010) ‘Does a Helping Hand Mean a Heavy Heart? Helping Behavior and Well-Being Among Spouse Caregivers’, Psychology and Aging, 25(1), pp. 108–117. Available at: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsovi&AN=edsovi.00002004.201003000.00002 (Accessed: 23 November 2020).
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Michael J., P, Stephanie L., B, Peter A., U, Dylan M., S, Aleksandra, J & Kenneth M., L 2010, ‘Does a Helping Hand Mean a Heavy Heart? Helping Behavior and Well-Being Among Spouse Caregivers’, Psychology and Aging, vol. 25, no. 1, pp. 108–117, viewed 23 November 2020, .
    • MLA:
      Michael J., Poulin, et al. “Does a Helping Hand Mean a Heavy Heart? Helping Behavior and Well-Being Among Spouse Caregivers.” Psychology and Aging, vol. 25, no. 1, Mar. 2010, pp. 108–117. EBSCOhost, search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsovi&AN=edsovi.00002004.201003000.00002.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Michael J., Poulin, Brown Stephanie L., Ubel Peter A., Smith Dylan M., Jankovic Aleksandra, and Langa Kenneth M. “Does a Helping Hand Mean a Heavy Heart? Helping Behavior and Well-Being Among Spouse Caregivers.” Psychology and Aging 25, no. 1 (March 1, 2010): 108–17. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsovi&AN=edsovi.00002004.201003000.00002.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Michael J. P, Stephanie L. B, Peter A. U, Dylan M. S, Aleksandra J, Kenneth M. L. Does a Helping Hand Mean a Heavy Heart? Helping Behavior and Well-Being Among Spouse Caregivers. Psychology and Aging [Internet]. 2010 Mar 1 [cited 2020 Nov 23];25(1):108–17. Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsovi&AN=edsovi.00002004.201003000.00002