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Sleep disturbances in Alzheimer's disease and caregiver mood: A diary study


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Sleep disturbances are common in persons with Alzheimer's disease (AD) (Hart et al., 2003) and pose a great strain on their family caregivers (Hope, Keene, Gedling, Fairburn, & Jacoby, 1998) including their emotional functioning (Schulz & Martire, 2004). The current study is the first to examine the impact of daily sleep and mood in persons with AD on their caregiver's sleep and emotional functioning. The study examined sleep and mood across eight days in 40 family caregivers of persons with AD. It was hypothesized that poor sleep in the person with AD person would have a negative impact on caregiver emotional functioning the next day. Furthermore, it was hypothesized that sleep disruption or the mood in the person with AD would mediate the association between AD person sleep and caregiver mood. The results demonstrated a direct link between poor sleep in persons with AD and caregiver negative affect (NA), but not positive affect (PA). The results also indicated that poor caregiver sleep and NA in the person with AD partially mediated the relationship between AD person sleep and caregiver NA. The results suggest that addressing AD person and caregiver sleep and AD person affect may improve caregiver emotional functioning. Improving AD person sleep and mood, and caregiver emotional functioning has important implications that may prolong the time until institutionalization.

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Subject
Clinical psychology;
Physiological psychology
Classification
0622: Clinical psychology
0989: Physiological psychology
Identifier / keyword
Psychology; Alzheimer's disease; Caregiving; Mood; Multilevel modeling; Sleep
Title
Sleep disturbances in Alzheimer's disease and caregiver mood: A diary study
Author
Akerstedt, Anna M. K.
Number of pages
115
Publication year
2012
Degree date
2012
School code
0118
Source
DAI-B 73/06, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9781267209184
Advisor
Ready, Rebecca E.
Committee member
Sayer, Aline G.; Sievert, Lynette L.; Spencer, Rebecca M.
University/institution
University of Massachusetts Amherst
Department
Psychology
University location
United States -- Massachusetts
Degree
Ph.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
3498326
ProQuest document ID
927591310
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/927591310
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