Failing in spousal caregiving: The 'identity-relevant stress' hypothesis to explain sex differences in caregiver distress.

@article{Hagedoorn2002FailingIS,
  title={Failing in spousal caregiving: The 'identity-relevant stress' hypothesis to explain sex differences in caregiver distress.},
  author={Mari{\"e}t Hagedoorn and Robbert Sanderman and Bram P. Buunk and Theo Wobbes},
  journal={British journal of health psychology},
  year={2002},
  volume={7 Part 4},
  pages={481-494}
}
OBJECTIVES: This study examined a possible explanation for the frequently reported finding that female caregivers perceive more psychological distress than do male caregivers. Our 'identity-relevant stress' hypothesis asserts that feelings of incompetence with respect to caregiving are more strongly associated with psychological distress in women than in men. Women who feel competent with respect to caregiving may report levels of distress as low as that of male caregivers. DESIGN: This study… CONTINUE READING

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