Relationship Between Emotions, Emotion Regulation, and Well-Being of Professional Caregivers of People With Dementia.

Abstract

So far, limited research has been carried out to better understand the interplay between the emotions, the use of emotion regulation strategies, and the well-being of professional caregivers of People with Dementia (PwD). This pilot study (N = 43 professional caregivers) aimed to (1) describe the type and frequency of emotions experienced at work; (2) analyze the associations between experienced emotions, emotion regulation strategies, and well-being; and (3) test whether the use of specific emotion regulation strategies moderates the relationship between experienced emotions and emotional exhaustion. In the challenging context of professionally caring for PwD, results suggest that (1) caregivers experience positive emotions more frequently than negative emotions; (2) caregivers using relatively inappropriate regulation strategies are more likely to experience negative emotions, less likely to experience positive emotions, and have poorer physical and mental health; and (3) expressive suppression significantly moderates the relationship between positive experienced emotions and emotional exhaustion.

DOI: 10.1177/0164027515591629

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@article{Bassal2016RelationshipBE, title={Relationship Between Emotions, Emotion Regulation, and Well-Being of Professional Caregivers of People With Dementia.}, author={Catherine Bassal and Judith Czellar and Susanne Kaiser and Elise S. Dan-Glauser}, journal={Research on aging}, year={2016}, volume={38 4}, pages={477-503} }