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

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    • 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. ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR (Copyright of Psychology & Aging is the property of American Psychological Association and its content may not be copied or emailed to multiple sites or posted to a listserv without the copyright holder's express written permission. However, users may print, download, or email articles for individual use. This abstract may be abridged. No warranty is given about the accuracy of the copy. Users should refer to the original published version of the material for the full abstract.)
    • Accession Number:
      PSYCHOLOGY of caregivers; PSYCHOLOGY; caregiving; helping; positive affect; relationship interdependence; well-being
    • Publication Information:
      Publication Type: Journal Article ISSN: 0882-7974
    • Accession Number:
      EP48806724
  • Citations
    • ABNT:
      POULIN, M. J. 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=gnh&AN=EP48806724. Acesso em: 29 out. 2020.
    • AMA:
      Poulin MJ, Brown SL, Ubel PA, Smith DM, Jankovic A, Langa KM. 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 October 29, 2020. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=gnh&AN=EP48806724
    • APA:
      Poulin, M. J., Brown, S. L., Ubel, P. A., Smith, D. M., Jankovic, A., & Langa, K. M. (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:
      Poulin, Michael J., Stephanie L. Brown, Peter A. Ubel, Dylan M. Smith, Aleksandra Jankovic, and Kenneth M. Langa. 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=gnh&AN=EP48806724.
    • Harvard:
      Poulin, M. J. 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=gnh&AN=EP48806724 (Accessed: 29 October 2020).
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Poulin, MJ, Brown, SL, Ubel, PA, Smith, DM, Jankovic, A & Langa, KM 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 29 October 2020, .
    • MLA:
      Poulin, Michael J., 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=gnh&AN=EP48806724.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Poulin, Michael J., Stephanie L. Brown, Peter A. Ubel, Dylan M. Smith, Aleksandra Jankovic, and Kenneth M. Langa. “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=gnh&AN=EP48806724.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Poulin MJ, Brown SL, Ubel PA, Smith DM, Jankovic A, Langa KM. 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 Oct 29];25(1):108–17. Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=gnh&AN=EP48806724