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Alzheimer Disease and Associated Disorders
2012-04-01 00:00:00

Anticipatory Grief in New Family Caregivers of Persons With Mild Cognitive Impairment and Dementia

Descrição: Anticipatory grief is the process of experiencing normal phases of bereavement in advance of the loss of a significant person. To date, anticipatory grief has been examined in family caregivers to individuals who have had Alzheimer disease (AD) an average of 3 to 6 years. Whether such grief is manifested early in the disease trajectory (at diagnosis) is unknown. Using a cross-sectional design, we examined differences in the nature and extent of anticipatory grief between family caregivers of persons with a new diagnosis of mild cognitive impairment (MCI, n=43) or AD (n=30). We also determined whether anticipatory grief levels were associated with caregiver demographics, caregiving burden, depressive symptoms, and marital quality. The mean anticipatory grief levels were high in the total sample, with AD caregivers endorsing significantly more anticipatory grief than MCI caregivers. In general, AD caregivers endorsed difficulty in functioning, whereas MCI caregivers focused on themes of -missing the person- they once knew. Being a female caregiver, reporting higher levels of objective caregiving burden, and higher depression levels each had independent, statistically significant relationships with anticipatory grief. Given these findings, family caregivers of individuals with mild cognitive deficits or a new AD diagnosis may benefit from interventions specifically addressing anticipatory grief.

Seção: Original Articles
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Autor: Luchsinger, Jos? A.; Cheng, Derek; Tang, Ming Xin; Schupf, Nicole; Mayeux, Richard


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