Caregiver burden, mutuality, and family resilience in colorectal cancer caring: A mediating model analysis

Mengwei Shao, Xin Wang, Menghan Zhang, Yangqing Ding, Bin Ma, Yi Yang, Lulu Yu, Changying Chen, Tao Wang

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Abstract

Purpose: This study investigates the interaction between caregiver burden, mutuality, and family resilience in colorectal cancer management, and determines whether mutuality affects the effect of caregiver burden on family resilience.Method: In this cross-sectional study, 295 family caregivers of colorectal cancer patients from two major public hospitals (Henan Province, China) were analyzed. Caregiver burden, mutuality, and family resilience were assessed through Chinese versions of the Zarit Burden Interview (ZBI-C), the mutuality Scale (MS-C), and the Family Resilience Questionnaire (FaREQ-C). The structural equation model and multiple mediating effect test were applied to explore the interaction between caregiver burden, mutuality, and family resilience.Results: Total and subscale scores of caregiver burden were negatively correlated with both mutuality (r = -0.54 to -0.32, P < 0.01) and family resilience (r = -0.60 to -0.26, P < 0.01). Family resilience and its four dimensions were positively correlated with mutuality (r = 0.17 to 0.51, P < 0.01). Mutuality served as a partial mediator between caregiver burden and family resilience. Caregiver burden had an indirect effect on family resilience through mutuality (beta = -0.157, 95%CI: -0.316, -0.046, P = 0.009).Conclusions: This study examined the interaction between caregiver burden, mutuality, and family resilience for colorectal cancer caring and confirmed the mediating role of mutuality in caregiver burden and family resilience. Therefore, we suggested that clinicians should develop strategies to improve the relationship between patients and caregivers so that both parties can actively manage stress and trauma experiences for improved colorectal cancer management.
Original languageEnglish
Article number102480
Number of pages7
JournalEuropean Journal of Oncology Nursing
Volume68
Early online date23 Nov 2023
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2024

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