Florence Nightingale Journal of Nursing
Research Article

Relationship Between Caregivers’ Care Burden and Their Social Functioning Perceptions Toward Addicted Patients: A Cross-Sectional Survey


Department of Mental Health and Psychiatry Nursing, İzmir Katip Çelebi University, Faculty of Health Sciences, İzmir, Turkey

Florence Nightingale J Nurs 2021; 29: 353-360
DOI: 10.5152/FNJN.2021.20147
Read: 217 Downloads: 123 Published: 29 September 2021

AIM: The aim of this study is to examine the relationship between social functioning perceptions of the caregivers toward their patients, and their perceived care burden.

METHOD: The descriptive, cross-sectional and correlational study was carried out between September 2017-September 2019 using two measurement tools, in addition to an introductory information form: the Burden Interview and Social Functioning Scale The study was conducted with caregivers of the 76 addict outpatients and inpatients of the Alcohol and Substance Addiction Treatment Center of a university hospital in Turkey. The study data were evaluated using descriptive statistical analysis and correlation analysis.

RESULTS: Of the caregivers, 69.7% were female and had a mean age of 43.32 ± 13.35 years; 52.6% and 47.4% of the all caregivers provided care to substance abusers and alcohol abusers, respectively. Of the addicted individuals receiving care, 78.9% were male, 60.5% were single, and 56.6% were unemployed. The mean age of patients was found to be 35.94 ± 11.75 years, and patients had been given treatment for an average of 7.56 ± 7.26 years. It was found that as caregivers’ total mean Social Functioning Scale scores and mean subscale scores increased, their mean Burden Interview scores decreased (p > .05), though this value was not found to be statistically significant.

CONCLUSION: These results are important to support not only the addicted individual but also their caregiver, and to conduct the related treatment and care holistically.

Cite this article as: Ayakdaş Dağlı, D., Baysan Arabacı, L., Taş Soylu, G., & Büyükbayram Arslan, A. (2021). Relationship between caregivers’ care burden and their social functioning perceptions toward addicted patients: A cross-sectional survey. Florence Nightingale Journal of Nursing, 29(3), 353-360.

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