Assessing Coping, Caregiving Efficacy, and Relational Support in Caregivers of Individuals with Cancer : A Cluster Analytic Study

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dc.contributor.author Bueltel, Carly
dc.contributor.author Carlson, Gwen
dc.contributor.author Maier, Emily
dc.date.accessioned 2010-05-10T14:53:45Z
dc.date.available 2010-05-10T14:53:45Z
dc.date.issued 2010-05-10T14:53:45Z
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2092/1368
dc.description Advisor: Nicole Taylor en_US
dc.description.abstract Psychosocial research has focused on understanding the experiences of people with cancer but limited research has addressed the biopsychosocial variables affecting caregivers of individuals with cancer. We are in the early stages of developing a research project to analyze the experiences of cancer caregivers. Through our presentation at DUCURS, we will solicit feedback to assess the face validity of our questionnaire. We are preparing to pilot this initial measure after DUCURS and have compiled the proposed measures based on previously validated measures that have been used extensively in other studies. We will present our work on evaluating the psychometric qualities of the existing measures as well as our own unique questionnaire development methods. We will also present our hypotheses and research questions. Additionally, we will discuss the statistical methodology of cluster analysis and how we expect to use it to analyze our final data. Cluster analysis is a statistical technique used to categorize participants into clusters based on their similarity on variables of interest. Using cluster analysis, we aim to establish profiles for the caretakers of cancer patients to better understand the mental health needs and unique psychosocial experiences of caregivers of people with cancer. We have explored variables such as depression, anxiety, coping assessment, caregiving efficiency, and relational support for inclusion in our cluster analysis. In our presentation we will also discuss the usefulness of cluster analysis for applied psychological research. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Drake University, Department of Psychology en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries DUCURS 2010;19
dc.subject Caregivers--Psychological aspects en_US
dc.subject Cancer--Patients en_US
dc.subject Cluster analysis en_US
dc.title Assessing Coping, Caregiving Efficacy, and Relational Support in Caregivers of Individuals with Cancer : A Cluster Analytic Study en_US
dc.type Presentation en_US


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    Poster sessions and presentation from the Drake University Conference on Undergraduate Research in the Sciences held each April at Olmsted Center on the Drake campus.

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