Examining the Relationship among Religious Coping, Burdens, and Life Satisfaction of Those Who Care for the Homebound Elderly

Author/s: Sümeyye Balcı, Nezihe Atılgan, Büşra Bulut

DOI: 10.16917/iusosyoloji.284549

OnlineFirst published on December 31, 2016

Year: 2016 Vol: 36 Number: 2

Abstract

Caregiving is a challenging process for caregivers. When encountering a life stressor, some people turn to a greater power and try to deal with stress through religious rituals. In line with previous findings, it is important to state the difficulties caregivers face and whether religious coping positively affects the burdens and life satisfaction of those who care for the homebound elderly. The objective of this study is to examine the relationship among the burdens, religious coping, and life satisfaction of those caring for the elderly receiving home-care in Zeytinburnu, Istanbul. The results suggest that religious coping does not positively affect caregivers’ burdens. It was believed that this result is related to social desirability. Also, a negative correlation was found between caregivers’ burdens and their life satisfaction. In this sample, providing care for a very close family member seems to increase a caregiver’s burden. In light of these results caregivers should use more active coping ways and for future research it was recommended to focus on effectiveness of other coping ways. These results are discussed in light of the related literature, and recommendations have been presented.

Keywords
Caregivers’ burdens • Religious coping • Homebound elderly • Life satisfaction • Caregiving

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