Depressive symptoms in couples living with heart failure : the role of congruent engagement in heart failure management
Lyons, Karen S., Hiatt, Shirin O., Gelow, Jill M., Auld, Jonathan, Mudd, James O., Chien, Christopher V. and Lee, Christopher S.. (2018). Depressive symptoms in couples living with heart failure : the role of congruent engagement in heart failure management. Aging and Mental Health. 22(12), pp. 1585-1591. https://doi.org/10.1080/13607863.2017.1381945
|Authors||Lyons, Karen S., Hiatt, Shirin O., Gelow, Jill M., Auld, Jonathan, Mudd, James O., Chien, Christopher V. and Lee, Christopher S.|
Objectives: The life-threatening context of heart failure (HF), high variability of the illness and complexity of care place considerable demands on both the adult patient and his/her spouse. The current study examines the role of congruent engagement in HF management behaviors on the depressive symptoms of the couple living with HF.
Method: A cross-sectional design was used to examine 60 couples living with HF. Multilevel modeling was used to examine partner and within-dyad effects of engagement in HF behaviors on depressive symptoms.
Results: Just over one quarter (27%) of couples had both members experiencing at least mild depressive symptoms. Controlling for stage of HF and one's own level of engagement, one's partner's level of engagement was significantly associated with one's level of depressive symptoms; higher levels of engagement by one's partner were associated with lower levels of depressive symptoms. Additionally, spouses had lower levels of depressive symptoms when they had similar levels of engagement to their partner with HF; spouses had higher levels of depressive symptoms when they had higher levels of engagement than their partner with HF.
Conclusion: Findings confirm the importance of screening both members of the couple for depression and fostering collaboration within the couple.
|Keywords||self-care; management behaviors; consulting behaviors; dyadic coping; congruence|
|Journal||Aging and Mental Health|
|Journal citation||22 (12), pp. 1585-1591|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI)||https://doi.org/10.1080/13607863.2017.1381945|
|Research or scholarly||Research|
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|Online||29 Sep 2017|
|Publication process dates|
|Accepted||15 Sep 2017|
|Deposited||09 Jun 2021|
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