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Does a helping hand mean a heavy heart? Helping behavior and well-being among spouse caregivers.

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  • Author(s): Poulin, Michael J.. Department of Internal Medicine, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, US, Poulin, Michael J.. Department of Internal Medicine, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, US, ; Brown, Stephanie L.. Department of Internal Medicine, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, US; Ubel, Peter A.. Department of Internal Medicine, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, US; Smith, Dylan M.. Department of Internal Medicine, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, US; Jankovic, Aleksandra. Department of Internal Medicine, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, US; Langa, Kenneth M., ORCID Langa, Kenneth M., ORCID 0000-0002-2798-1836. Department of Internal Medicine, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, US
  • Source:
    Psychology and Aging, Vol 25(1), Mar, 2010. pp. 108-117.
  • Publisher:
    US : American Psychological Association
  • Language:
    English
  • Document Type:
    Journal Article
  • Publication Type:
    Journal; Peer Reviewed Journal
  • Additional Information
    • Address:
      Poulin, Michael J., Department of Psychology, University at Buffalo, State University of New York, 206 Park Hall, Buffalo, NY, US, 14260-4110, [email protected]
    • Source:
      Psychol Aging
    • ISSN:
      0882-7974 (Print)
      1939-1498 (Electronic)
    • Keywords:
      caregiving, helping, positive affect, relationship interdependence, well-being, spouses, aging
    • 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. (PsycInfo Database Record (c) 2020 APA, all rights reserved)
    • Subject Terms:
    • Subject Terms:
      Activities of Daily Living; Adaptation, Psychological; Affect; Aged; Aged, 80 and over; Alzheimer Disease; Caregivers; Chronic Disease; Computers, Handheld; Cost of Illness; Dementia; Dependency (Psychology); Female; Helping Behavior; Humans; Male; Marriage; Middle Aged; Neoplasms; Pulmonary Disease, Chronic Obstructive; Quality of Life; Spouses; Stroke; Workload
    • PsycINFO Classification:
      Psychosocial & Personality Development (2840)
      Marriage & Family (2950)
    • Population:
      Human
      Male
      Female
    • Location:
      US
    • Grant Sponsorship:
      Sponsor: Paul Beeson Physician Faculty Scholars in Aging
      Other Details: Research Award
      Recipients: Langa, Kenneth M.

      Sponsor: National Institute on Aging
      Grant Number: R01 AG 027010
      Recipients: Langa, Kenneth M.

      Sponsor: Michigan Alzheimer's Disease Research Center, US
      Grant Number: P50 AG 08671
      Recipients: No recipient indicated
    • Methodology:
      Empirical Study; Quantitative Study
    • Physical Description:
      Electronic
    • Publication Date:
      Accepted: Jun 16, 2009; Revised: Jun 5, 2009; First Submitted: Aug 19, 2008
    • Publication Date:
      20100315
    • Publication Date:
      20200713
    • Copyright:
      American Psychological Association. 2010
    • Accession Number:
      http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/a0018064
    • Accession Number:
      20230132
    • Accession Number:
      pag-25-1-108
    • Accession Number:
      2010-04859-010
    • Number of Citations in Source:
      63
  • 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. DOI 10.1037/a0018064. Disponível em: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=pdh&AN=2010-04859-010. Acesso em: 23 nov. 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. doi:10.1037/a0018064
    • 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. https://doi.org/10.1037/a0018064
    • 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. doi:10.1037/a0018064.
    • 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. doi: 10.1037/a0018064.
    • 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 23 November 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, doi:10.1037/a0018064.
    • 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 2010): 108–17. doi:10.1037/a0018064.
    • 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 [cited 2020 Nov 23];25(1):108–17. Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=pdh&AN=2010-04859-010