Personality and coping among caregivers of spouses with dementia

Karen Hooker, Leslie D. Frazier, Deborah J. Monahan

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Personality factors and coping strategies were examined among a sample of spouse caregivers. Fifty spouse caregivers of patients diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia completed the NEO-FFI, a personality inventory designed to measure traits identifiedin the five-factor trait model, and a revised measure of the Ways of Coping Checklist. Results from a series of multivariate regressions showed that personality traits explained 60% of thevariance in emotion-focused coping, 30% of variance in problem-focused coping, and 15% of variance associated with social support coping. Discussion focuses on the usefulness of including personality characteristics of the caregiver in formulating models of the caregiving coping process.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)386-392
Number of pages7
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 1994


  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Coping strategies
  • Five-factor trait model

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gerontology
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology


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