A caregiving model of coping with a partner's depression

Elizabeth L. Jeglic, Carolyn M. Pepper*, Karen A. Ryabchenko, James W. Griffith, Allison B. Miller, Matthew D. Johnson

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To test a caregiving model of depression in spouses, 31 married couples completed interview and questionnaire assessments of depressive symptoms and caregiving activities. Spouses living with a partner with depressive symptoms had more symptoms of depression themselves. However, this association was found to be fully mediated by spouses' perceived level of caregiving stress and burden. Results suggest that feelings of stress associated with caring for a depressed spouse may lead to depressive symptoms in the caregiving spouse and should be addressed in treatment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)37-45
Number of pages9
JournalFamily Relations
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2005


  • Caregiving burden
  • Depression
  • Spouse

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)


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