Empowerment of family caregivers of adults and elderly persons: A concept analysis

Sayori Sakanashi, Kimie Fujita

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Abstract

Aim: This concept analysis defined and described the components of empowerment of family caregivers who care for adults and the elderly. Methods: Rodgers evolutionary method of concept analysis was used. Data sources included Pub Med, CINAHL, Scopus, and Igaku Chuo Zasshi. Thirty articles published between 1995 and 2015 focusing on the empowerment of family caregivers providing care to adults and the elderly were selected. Result: The analysis reveals 6 attributes, 5 antecedents, and 5 consequences. In addition, the results reveal structured aspects of family caregivers, care receivers, and other people surrounding them, and their relationships. Empowerment of adults' and elders' family caregivers may be defined as “positive control of one's mind and body, cultivating a positive attitude, proactively attempting to understand one's role as a caregiver to improve caregiving capabilities, focusing on others as well as oneself, supporting the independence of the care receiver, and creating constructive relationships with other people surrounding them.”. Conclusion: The components of empowerment clarified in this research can be used for the measurement of and interventions aimed at improving empowerment among family caregivers. Furthermore, clarifying the definition of empowerment among family caregivers enables researchers to better distinguish empowerment from similar concepts in the future.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere12573
JournalInternational Journal of Nursing Practice
Volume23
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2017

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Nursing(all)

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