Relationship between social support and family caregiver burden in schizophrenia patients
Objective: To assess the impact of social support on family caregivers of schizophrenia patients.
Method: The cross-sectional, observational study was conducted at Menur Mental Health Hospital, Surabaya, Indonesia, from June to July 2021, and comprised family caregivers aged 20-60 years who lived with schizophrenia patients. Data was collected using the Indonesia version of Zarit Burden Interview and the social support questionnaire. Data was analysed using SPSS 25.
Results: Of the 160 subjects, 87(54.4%) were males and 73(45.6%) were females, and 88(55%) were adults, while 36(22.5%) had duration of care >10 years. All the 160(100%) patients had been receiving regular treatment. There were 64(40%) respondents who reported having good social support. The correlation between social support and the family caregiver burden related to schizophrenia patients was significant (p< 0.05).
Conclusion: There was a significant relationship between social support and burden on family caregivers of schizophrenia patients.
Keywords: Caregiver, Schizophrenia, Burden, Psychiatric, Ambulatory care.
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