“Use Positive Reframing, Not Behavioural Disengagement” Coping Strategy for Caregivers of Palliative Cancer Patients
Caregivers of palliative cancer patients (CPCP) who are depressed put both the patients and them at risk for serious physical and psychological complications. This study investigated the prevalence of depression and its contributing factors among the CPCP in Malaysia using the diagnostic tool and validated questionnaires. About 6% of CPCPs was diagnosed to have a major depressive disorder (MDD). Coping by ‘behavioural disengagement’ increased the odds for MDD while using ‘positive reframing’ was protective for MDD. The CPCP should be trained with beneficial types of coping strategy to help them reduce the burden of caregiving and to ensure optimum mental health status.
Keywords: Caregivers, Cancer, Palliative, Depression, Positive reframing, Disengagement.
eISSN: 2514-7528 © 2020 The Authors. Published for AMER ABRA cE-Bs by e-International Publishing House, Ltd., UK. This is an open access article under the CC BY-NC-ND license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by- nc-nd/4.0/). Peer–review under responsibility of AMER (Association of Malaysian Environment-Behaviour Researchers), ABRA (Association of Behavioural Researchers on Asians) and cE-Bs (Centre for Environment- Behaviour Studies), Faculty of Architecture, Planning & Surveying, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Malaysia.