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Carers' characteristics could be risk factors

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.312.7040.1224b (Published 11 May 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:1224
  1. Orazio Zanetti,
  2. Giovanni B Frisoni,
  3. Angelo Bianchetti,
  4. Giancarlo Tamanza,
  5. Vittorio Cigoli,
  6. Marco Trabucchi
  1. Deputy head Staff neurologist Head Alzheimer's Dementia Research and Care Unit, S Cuore-Fatebefratelli Hospital, Via Pilastroni 4, 25122 Brescia, Italy
  2. Professor of social psychology of the family Universita' Cattolica del S Cuore, Via Trieste 17, Brescia
  3. Professor of social psychology Universita' Cattolica del S Cuore Largo Gemelli 1, Milan
  4. Head Geriatric Research Group, Via Romanino 1, Brescia

    EDITOR,—Gill Livingston and colleagues suggest that caring for people with psychiatric illness predisposes to depression, and that this may be mediated by lack of a confiding relationship.1 Our study of carers of people with dementia suggests that pre-existing characteristics of carers determine their likelihood of becoming depressed.

    We evaluated the association of carer's depression, measured by Beck's depression inventory,1 with perceived health (number of physical symptoms and quality of sleep1) and with sociodemographic and …

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