Title

Stress and Compliance With a Home Exercise Program Among Caregivers of Children With Disabilities.

ISBN or ISSN

0898-5669

Volume

16

Issue

3

Publication Date / Copyright Date

1-2004

First Page

140

Last Page

148

DOI Number

10.1097/01.PEP.0000136006.13449.DC

Abstract

PURPOSE: To determine the relationship between caregiver stress and compliance with home programs in caregivers of children with disabilities.

METHODS: Sixty-six caregivers of children with disabilities responded to a mailed survey to determine their level of compliance with a prescribed home physical therapy program and the level of caregiver stress. Compliance was defined as the degree to which caregivers followed the prescribed frequency of the home program.

RESULTS: Sixty-six percent of the caregivers reported some level of noncompliance with their home program. Linear regression analysis revealed a significant relationship between the caregivers' level of noncompliance with the home program and the level of stress that they reported. Correlation coefficients showed a significant relationship between family problems and noncompliance with home programs. As caregiver and family problems increased, noncompliance with home programs increased.

CONCLUSIONS: Caregivers of children with disabilities experience stress that should be addressed by therapists to maximize compliance with home programs.

Disciplines

Medicine and Health Sciences

Keywords

Caregiver Stress, Children With Disabilities, Family Problems

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